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A very good article about belief versus facts

by Ziks511 / September 6, 2013 9:24 AM PDT
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/03/denial-science-chris-mooney?page=1

Which spares neither side in pointing out how we choose our sources and cherry pick our data in order to make decisions which are congenial to our prejudices. It's called The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science.

It describes a series of tests and examinations on polarizing issues and how we all tend to bias our outcomes.

I found it very insightful, but then I'm predisposed to because I believed it already.

Example, A question on the efficacy of an anti-rash cream is judged quite well, but when a question on crime rates and gun possession uses the exact same numbers, peoples results are skewed to reflect an outcome congenial to their beliefs. Liberal Democrats did no better on the test than Conservative Republicans when the statistics were reversed. Both made the outcome reflect their beliefs.

Rob
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