Why is that? why is it that we, albeit theoretically equaly capable and reasonable people, tend to diverge in so many matters of discussion? Religion, politics, sports, economics, tastes, music, relevance, hobbies, humour: aside of a handful of matters that are easily provable by mathematics, consensus seems to be a somewhat rare occurence for complex topics of our everyday human life.
Given any two people with equaly capable and healthy minds, from which you would expect an equaly solid reasoning to be present, a lack of consensus after a solid debate seems to suggest that the evaluation of the very same available evidences may still lead to vastly different conclusions.
As a programmer, and from our limited knowledge about the inner workings of the brain (and how it has been translated to our theories about Artificial Neural Networks) i would say that this is actually to be expected: While inputs can be the very same, the sets of weights in complex neural networks of equal density are indeed vastly different. From this, it leads that two people, albeit having completely different worldviews, can still function the same and experience our world in equaly reasonable ways while maintaining diverging opinions on a multitude of matters.
What are your thoughts on this topic, do you consider those that have diverging opinions to your own are just being "less reasonable"? Do you think that your argumentation skills and the arguments themselves can lead the vast majority of people to change their minds by the means of a new debate? And do people with similar views tend to stick together in such a way that consensus is only possible in particular groups?
On the other side, if not a debate, what could possible cause someone to change their views overtime? And are these particular instances of changes in views a valid indicative that the triumphant side is "more rational"? And what about those that chose to not pick a side at all, is that a better reasoning or just a lack of wit?
Today i know that i simply don't know a lot of things, but this one thing i know: that when i was sixteen, i most surely knew EVERYTHING