I did re-read your statement and I'm happy to stick by "huge difference". The process is completely different. One person understands science and logic which puts them at a distinct advantage over the other person who only believes what they can feel, see, smell or touch. The scientific process is indeed better (strictly speaking, it is an added advantage as scientists do not reject the senses) and in fact we can measure all of the ramifications, so not hypothetical at all.
I think Kyrie was sincerely questioning whether the earth was flat. That being said, he covered himself by saying he just wanted people to question even the most basic beliefs (which I also think was a sincere point he was trying to make).Yes it is. Those who follow the scientific logic vs. those who just look around. Huge difference.
I hope everyone questions whether the earth is flat. Basic math and science can tell you it is not. But the exercise of questioning is important. There are many people who accept that the world is round, but do so based solely on belief in what they've been told. While the results of this method may be correct, the process by which they arrive at the correct answer is no better than those who advocate a flat earth position.
That said, I wholeheartedly agree that questioning is always a good thing.
On what basis do you think Kyrie was sincerely questioning whether the earth is flat? He was trying to make a point (your point too) that it is useful to question and not just accept.
I think you may want to re-read my statement. I did not say there was not a difference. I said it [the process by which they formed belief] was no better. In absolute terms, it could be argued that one or the other is better, but we have no way to measure all of its ramifications so that would remain hypothetical. To make the point, I'm happy to stick "no better".
My belief that Kyrie was sincere is just speculation based on many factors including the topic, subsequent follow-up, and other things Kyrie has stated. I guess we'd have to be in Kyrie's head to know for sure, but I don't think he was purely trolling.
I'm glad to let you have your opinion about Kyrie's sincerity, I just don't see the basis for it.
I think you could do with a third read, then. Here, "There are many people who accept that the world is round, but do so based solely on belief in what they've been told
Imagine I'm telling you many people believe
the earth is flat based solely on what they've been told
Now imagine I'm telling you many people believe
the earth is spherical based solely on what they've been told
The process is no better, though the results are better.
Since the prevalence of belief in a flat earth is a symptom of poor process, ie, poor education/communication, then it seems we should focus on process improvement, not just result reinforcement.
For many people, their correct beliefs are basically happenstance. Which makes it more likely they will have other false beliefs due to poor process.