Daniel Davies has compiled a smart list of arguments that he is no longer going to have. He explains:
While not necessarily claiming to have the definitive truth on these subjects, my views are no longer up for argument, pending absolutely spectacular new evidence. I’ve had a number of arguments on all of these points over the last year; I’ve heard all sides, and I’ve made up my mind. If anyone has an argument which they genuinely believe to be new, go ahead, but don’t expect much. Please note also that I am no longer interested in methodological debates over the merits of statistical studies which purport to prove the matter one way or another on any of these propositions.
That seems like a worthy endeavor. But here’s my problem: I couldn’t think of any arguments that I really want to abandon. (Does that make me belligerent? Or just stubborn?) I’d pledge to stay out of the God/atheism wars, but I gave up that fight long ago. And I’d definitely pledge to stay out of the IQ wars, but that particular argument has never struck me as that interesting. (Nature vs Nurture is so 1990’s.) I guess I like my little arguments.
But perhaps I’m not the one who should be answering this question. What arguments should I avoid this year? And what arguments are you planning on giving up?
Update: I’ve thought of a few arguments I’m going to give up. I am no longer going to try to convince my girlfriend that Borges is funny, that football is the best sport to watch on television, and that I really am allergic to the cold.