Dave is very smart. But he is a socialist.<quoted text>
How much aptitude do you need to believe in airy fairy stuff?
You call him a great thinker - second only to yourself - except for his ability to think analytically. By that measure, a cat can be a great thinker.
I didn't know that until now.
Socialism/Liberalism is a temperament that warps thinking.
Same for you.
Socialists like you and Dave can be intelligent, but you have some sort of meme that attacks your rational thinking centers.
I have studied it a good bit. But the explanation of the phenomenon is very elusive.