“If we—or our friends or the pundits on CNN—spent less time pontificating and more trying to work through the implications of policy proposals, we’d realize how clueless we are and moderate our views. This, they write, ‘may be the only form of thinking that will shatter the illusion of explanatory depth and change people’s attitudes.’ […]
“There must be some way, they maintain, to convince people that vaccines are good for kids, and handguns are dangerous. (Another widespread but statistically insupportable belief they’d like to discredit is that owning a gun makes you safer.) But here they encounter the very problems they have enumerated. Providing people with accurate information doesn’t seem to help; they simply discount it. Appealing to their emotions may work better, but doing so is obviously antithetical to the goal of promoting sound science. ‘The challenge that remains,’ they write toward the end of their book, ‘is to figure out how to address the tendencies that lead to false scientific belief.'”
New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.
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