Monday, January 30, 2006

What's Wrong With This Mental Picture?

A recent study suggests that people who are deeply committed to a political party philosophy have no difficulty ignoring facts and substituting pure emotion for reasoning in defense of their views.

People who are deeply committed to a political party philosophy are generally the ones who rise to political party leadership and become elected officials, one would naturally conclude.

So, as function of probability, a generous number of our elected officials have no difficulty ignoring facts and substituting pure emotion for reasoning in defense of their views.

(Repeat this post's headline here for emphasis.)

3 comments:

jettybetty said...

Something is very wrong--and scary!

pegc said...

When I first starting reading your post I thought you were going to be tllking about "church" members instead of politicians.

I thought of those who defend their views without really reading and searching.

Hmmmm, interesting!

Keith Brenton said...

Peg, the truth is that I was writing in anticipation of the antics that surround the "State of the Union" address by the President.

But you bring up a parallel that is all too real to ignore.

I'm going to look around a bit and see if anyone has studied how religious bias affects reasoning ability ....