Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A Failure to Reason

I've been seeing this study show up quite a bit the past few days, and I find it's implications intriguing, if a bit disturbing. In a nutshell, it says what a lot of us feel is true, anyway: that Republicans and Democrats tend not to reason through information that may oppose their own position, but simply reinforce what they already believe and ignore information that may contradict such beliefs.

I'm sure this is true of everyone to some extent or another, but I would appreciate being given more information on how people who do not closely associate with one of these two political movements would have responded to the same tests. (The link says that the sample consisted of "committed Democrats and Republicans," implying that no "neutrals" were tested.)

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