Kreitmair said there is one sure way to go about implementing the science into daily conversations: “Don’t.”
According to her, that’s one of the reasons conversations on such an important topic become tainted. And, too often, it ends up tainting the relationship as well.
“Don’t use the specifics when you’re talking to a denier or a skeptic — that will only shut them down and end the conversation,” she suggested. “If they believe the premise is tainted, they will not be open to conclusions. Any attempts to persuade will only shut them down and end the conversation. Rather, work on building common connections.”
Meanwhile, Charles Camosy, a professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, offers another suggestion.
He strongly recommends “avoiding binary thinking” such as liberal/conservative or believer/denier.
Too often, he said, we try to debate issues and separate frames of thought into two categories. But, in reality, they “are almost always…