2011-08-16 04:32:22The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science -- Chris Mooney -- Mother Jones
John Hartz
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The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science

How our brains fool us on climate, creationism, and the vaccine-autism link.

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You can follow the logic to its conclusion: Conservatives are more likely to embrace climate science if it comes to them via a business or religious leader, who can set the issue in the context of different values than those from which environmentalists or scientists often argue. Doing so is, effectively, to signal a détente in what Kahan has called a "culture war of fact." In other words, paradoxically, you don't lead with the facts in order to convince. You lead with the values—so as to give the facts a fighting chance.

2011-08-16 10:12:57
Glenn Tamblyn

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Love the last lines:

"That's not to suggest that we aren't also motivated to perceive the world accurately—we are. Or that we never change our minds—we do. It's just that we have other important goals besides accuracy—including identity affirmation and protecting one's sense of self—and often those make us highly resistant to changing our beliefs when the facts say we should."