Former 13-year old conservative firebrand Jonathan Krohn has had a change of mind, chalks it up to philosophy. Here's his explanation:
Krohn is bucking the received wisdom that people become more conservative as they get older, a shift he attributes partly to philosophy.
“I started reflecting on a lot of what I wrote, just thinking about what I had said and what I had done and started reading a lot of other stuff, and not just political stuff,” Krohn said. “I started getting into philosophy — Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Kant and lots of other German philosophers. And then into present philosophers — Saul Kripke, David Chalmers. It was really reading philosophy that didn’t have anything to do with politics that gave me a breather and made me realize that a lot of what I said was ideological blather that really wasn’t meaningful. It wasn’t me thinking. It was just me saying things I had heard so long from people I thought were interesting and just came to believe for some reason, without really understanding it. I understood it enough to talk about it but not really enough to have a conversation about it.”
My favorite line: "enough to talk about it but not really enough to have a conversation about it."
Some discussion of this and the Texas GOP's crusade against critical thinking here.