In evolution, plasticity leads to diversity (all you have to do is find a niche). For example, large horned beetles with large horns have reproductive success (by winning fights). However, being small and hornless can lead to success too:
..small males may simply wait next to tunnel entrances for opportunities to temporarily gain access to females while the guarding male is distracted, for instance by fighting off a second intruder. Studies have provided evidence consistent with the hypothesis that hornlessness increases maneuverability inside tunnels, suggesting that the absence of horns may be adaptive in the particular behavioral niche inhabited by small, sneaking males
Similarly, there are social network niches for every belief in internet space. We get a big social reward for being part of a group.
However, you have probably noticed that if you want to discuss policy or politics, the worst people to talk to are people who strongly identify with a political party and spend a lot of time in the corner of the blogosphere with other like-minded people.
It goes something like this: you have some opinion; you begin to identify yourself as an __ist; you find other __ists in your personal life and online; you all reinforce each others’ beliefs; when someone presents evidence against your beliefs, it has the effect of ‘rallying the troops’ (you and your __ists bond over trashing the evidence; backfire effect); this all leads to you believing in some difficult-to-defend-outside-of-your-social-circle ideas.
So how do we prevent folie à plusieurs while still getting the social reward?
I think it is best to avoid having strong belief-based identities. But to the extent that you consider yourself an __ist, it is probably best to not exclusively hang out with other __ists. For example, feminists are probably better off talking to economists, evolutionary biologists, and moral philosophers, rather than other feminists exclusively (otherwise you end up with stuff like this).
An alternative is to identify yourself by your interests and not your beliefs. For example, find a corner of the blogosphere with people who identify as liking to discuss politics, rather than with people who identify with a political party. Or, find people who identify as liking to discuss the bible, rather than people who identify as christian or atheist. You and your group can be just as passionate about truth seeking in some area as other people are about particular beliefs.