Why does loud stupidity seem to trump thoughtful logic?
This is a question I've pondered many times, and have been pondering it again lately. I've developed my own opinions about the question, but I'm interested in some input from others. I'm sure you've all run into situations where this has been true.
Hate to break it to you but Logic is not a general human trait. too many people seem to think that rational thought and logical thought are interchangeable terms. They are not. Human thought for the most part is rational, meaning that given a certain set of assumed axioms a human will is think "logically". Logical thought is abstracted from rational thought in a way that often suspends emotion, visceral experience, spiritual experience etc... Whereas rational thought can include these things in the thought process and not become irrational.
Logic has an elite status premium set making it a choice model for problem solving, however it is extremely limited in its application. Human behavior is not abstracted from emotion, biology, and chemistry and thus cannot be entirely logical. It seems to be only in circles where people inflate the practical use of logic and its value to elite status, while most of the time ignoring that they go through most of every day 'just thinking rationally' that the cry of 'the common man is stupid' comes out.
As answer to the original question the 'stupid masses' are loud because they are simply being rational given their specific belief sets, and they trump thoughtful logic because 1) thoughtful logic is often of very limited application 2) Thoughtful logic when applicable is rarely applied even by those who think it 3)thoughtful logic has an inflated cultural status but is treated simply a symbolic figurehead 4) Most people are not wired to comprehend the abstractness required to use and fully comprehend 'thoughtful logic', and 5) there are way more of them than there are of you. In my opinion that is a good thing, too many elitists ruin the broth.