tillingborn wrote: ↑Thu Feb 04, 2021 5:33 pm
Among the people who do seriously examine their beliefs, there is no consistency of choice.
I don't think you know this is true at all.
Have you any study or set of studies that defines what is meant by "seriously examine," and shows the effect you claim to see?
There are two possibilities to account for this,
Only two? I can think of more. Why stop at such a paltry count?
Indeed, I think it's quite evident that many people are "not trying hard enough" as you put it. But beyond that, there are other sets of people. Some are not philosophically able. Some are uneducated. Some have only a limited set of data -- consider, for example, whether a person born into an Islamic polity is likely to be allowed to become equally aware of all other religions. Some have personal or moral reasons for wanting one kind of ideology to be true, and not another. Some have wounds from people they have trusted, or should have been able to trust, and so are drawn either away from belief or toward a radically oppositional belief. And some want moral freedom in some area of their lives that one ideology affords and another doesn't. Some have been lied to, and have believed the lie. Some have been told that their cultural or racial identity requires they ONLY believe in a certain set of things. Some have been deceived to believe there's no alternative but skepticism about everything. And some are in thrall to a powerful ideological figure, and are not thinking for themselves. Some are so busy with "secular" affairs that they never find the time to think at all, and are living on "auto pilot"....
There are plenty
of reasons why people choose their ideologies, and "aesthetics"? Well, that has to rank awfully low, actually. I think that's quite obvious. You don't.