Friday, October 4, 2013


"The hurdle is how our minds work, no matter how smart we think we are. We want to believe we're rational, but reason turns out to be the ex post facto way we rationalize what our emotions already want to believe."

"When people are misinformed, giving them facts to correct those errors only makes them cling to their beliefs more tenaciously."

"More and better facts don't turn low-information voters into well-equipped citizens. It just makes them more committed to their misperceptions."

"In the entire history of the universe, no Fox News viewers ever changed their minds because some new data upended their thinking. When there's a conflict between partisan beliefs and plain evidence, it's the beliefs that win. The power of emotion over reason isn't a bug in our human operating systems, it's a feature."

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