No. 118 (essentialsaltes) wrote,
No. 118
essentialsaltes

Source analysis

Yes, yes, Todd Akin said something incredibly stupid and factually wrong.

But a more fundamental problem that's cancerously eating away at rational debate in our society is that there are organizations explicitly designed to spout crap that agrees with your personal biases. And the well-established principle of confirmation bias shows that people tend to believe things that agree with their positions (and discount conflicting information).

The firehose of information that is the internet is great. If used correctly. Sadly, it also enables people who only want to confirm their own biases rather than evaluate the evidence.

#1: this goes for everybody, regardless of position. So nobody gets to be smug without doing his or her homework.

#2: if you think it's funny when people think the universe is 6,000 years old, it may seem less funny when people, like Paul Ryan, disregard climate science because it's inconvenient for the almighty dollar, or, like Todd Akin, disregard junior high health class because it's inconvenient for his position on abortion.

Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticism.
David Suzuki
Tags: politics, science, skepticism
Subscribe

  • The Big Goodbye / Red Pill

    The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood, by Sam Wasson I guess I thought this was going to be more generally about 1970s…

  • Chronic City - White Evangelical Racism

    Jonathan Lethem started his career with a kangaroo detective, and I was on board. But after he moved back to New York, he has become a lot more New…

  • Disco Elysium - Virtual Cities - The Light Ages

    I've solved the case in Disco Elysium (Final Cut), though that's probably the least exciting thing about the game. Part choose your own adventure;…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 3 comments