[ExI] Global Temperatures to Decrease
thespike at satx.rr.com
Thu Apr 17 20:23:37 UTC 2008
This is hardly news, but it's not a bad pop summary of in-built
<We seek out information that reinforces our prejudices. One study
presented listeners with static-filled recordings of speeches that
they believed they were judging on persuasive power. Listeners could
push a button to tweak the signal, reducing the static to make it
easier to understand. When smokers heard a speech connecting tobacco
with cancer, they didn't try to improve the clarity to hear it more
easily. But they pushed the button to get a clearer version of a
speech saying that there was no link between smoking and cancer.
Nonsmokers were the exact opposite.
This resistance to information that doesn't mesh with our
preconceived beliefs afflicts both liberals and conservatives, but a
raft of studies shows that it is a particular problem with
conservatives. For example, when voters receive mailings offering
them free pamphlets on various political topics, liberals show some
interest in getting conservative views. In contrast, conservatives
seek only those pamphlets that echo their own views.
Likewise, liberal blogs overwhelmingly link to other liberal blogs or
news sources. But with conservative blogs, the tendency is much more
pronounced; it is almost a sealed universe.>
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