I read something recently from a highly regarded poster on a sister site, which states:
"I should extend the courtesy of allowing people to have evidence which they can't use to convince me, given that I'm asking others to extend the same courtesy towards me."
If I understand this correctly (and please correct me if I haven't), then this is advocating the deliberate ignoring of evidence. The use of the word "evidence" is key here, as this indicates something which is provable. Surely if something is provable, ignoring it is an act of deliberate ignorance?
Can this ever be a good thing?
Now, don't get me wrong.. This is not a trolling attempt (although I suspect you chaps may receive a few of those), I am just curious as to what you think. I appreciate that the first response may be "Why not ask him?" but I've found that when you approach someone one-on-one about their beliefs they unsurprisingly tend to take it personally, which makes it much harder to have a proper discussion.