Matthew Alper, Have Skeptics Lost Their Edge? |448|

So Alex, I am thinking after listening to Matthew that the question is not whether it is worth having conversations with skeptics of the materialist reductionist variety, but rather is it worth having conversations with people who like to have the feeling that they already know the answers more than the feeling that they may have more to learn. A major indicator of conversation worthiness is also how much weight another person places on the number of authorities and institutions that currently maintain the status quo set of ideas and attitudes. Matthew was remarkably transparent in his obsequiousness.