Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Politics Turns Off Conservative Brains
What you see above is a graphical depiction of the world's temperature over the past 110 years. Any idiot can see that it's a hell of a lot hotter now than it was 30, 50, 80 years ago. Right? Wrong! A recent study has indicated that "whether or not people got the question [involving fairly complex math] right depended on their political beliefs — and whether or not the correct answer supported their preconceived notions of [an issue, such as climate change]. . . . Conservative Republicans were much less likely to correctly interpret data suggesting that [global warming was happening]; for liberal Democrats, the exact opposite was true. The people who were normally best at mathematical reasoning, moreover, were the most susceptible to getting the politically charged question wrong."
Now ain't that interesting?