What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

I offer this Reddit discussion about the FOX News article¬†Honduran man charged with raping, killing jogger in New Jersey had been deported twice as an example of how hard it is to discuss politics. I am posting as¬†PhilAndMaude. Person-A: A-fucking-nother one. How many illegals have killed American citizens this year. We should compare it to […]

Our beliefs resist new facts

Mother Jones has a really interesting article on how our beliefs block new information: Pre-existing beliefs, far more than new facts, skew our thoughts. Feelings arise before conscious thoughts and color them. Confirmation bias gives more weight to facts that match our existing beliefs. Beliefs are adjusted to match the audience.