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Comment author: thomblake 12 May 2011 10:17:36PM 1 point [-]

The goal should be to agree to disagree,

While sometimes disagreements are unresolvable, that should never be the goal.

The goal here is to have true beliefs - an accurate map of the world. While it may be appropriate to use different models in different contexts (since models necessarily leave out some details of the things they're modeling), we should not disagree about the contents of a well-defined model.

Disagreements are an opportunity to find out where you're wrong. Ideally, both parties emerge from them in agreement.