Monbiot on the unpersuadables and the revenge of the humanities students

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  1. Nice piece. But I think there are a couple of other things in the mix. One is that opinion forming is not static – one can change the opinions of the home crowd through a combination of education/persuasion and continued pointing to the obvious (ie facts). That is how it has been done historically. The change can be quite sudden – once a critical mass of opinion in the crowd shifts, the rest shifts with it. It also does not seem to be a question of numbers, but of whose opinion has more respect.

    The best example I can point to is the change in mass opinion in the US and Europe towards war in the 30s. In 33 the Oxford Union famously declared that in no circumstances would it fight for King and Country and isolationism rulled in the US – by 38 the same people were prepared to go to war rather than accept the alternatives.

    I also don’t think education in the humanities is to blame. History or archeology or paleontology are just as much about evidence and reasoning as science. Blame media studies.

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