The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science

In the current climate of polarized politics, why do we stick to our guns (pun intended), and demonize the other side? Why do we refuse to listen, debate, compromise, but only shout back at the other guys, calling them idiots and morons? Why are we so right and they are so wrong? Why do they want to ruin OUR country? Well…

“GIVEN THE POWER OF our prior beliefs to skew how we respond to new information, one thing is becoming clear: If you want someone to accept new evidence, make sure to present it to them in a context that doesn’t trigger a defensive, emotional reaction.”

Reblogged from Chris Mooney @ Mother Jones (yeah, I read that sometimes…)

Go ahead and read the whole thing here:

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science.

One Comment so far:

  1. Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick understood a bit of this. He said

    “People can misinterpret almost anything so that it coincides with views they already hold. They take from art what they already believe, and I wonder how many people have ever had their views about anything important changed by a work of art.”

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