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OftenBen  ·  1190 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Some thoughts on discussion, opinion and spaces

A question:

Let's assume you understand the other's viewpoint. Through discussion, research, what have you, and you have a steel-man understanding of their position. That is to say, you can formulate the strongest possible case for their given opinion/position. Let's say that they also have a steel-man understanding of your position/opinion.

And you still disagree. You understand each other and still cannot find a common ground or consensus. What kind of value, if any, is there in continuing discussion at such a point?

There are several issues like this that come to mind with contemporary public policy in the United States, but I think that discussing this in the abstract is best.