Why even smart people put tribe before truth. "[P]roficient reasoners [use] their analytical skills to ferret out evidence that supports their group's position, while rationalizing dismissal of such evidence when it undermines their side's beliefs."
Why science literacy makes no difference to peoples' stances on controversial issues - it's all about allegiance to the tribe: by
Science literacy, cognitive reflection, and even "actively open-minded thinking" make people even more prone to bend evidence in favor of the party line. Science curiosity is the best antidote.
Why Smart People Are Vulnerable to Putting Tribe Before Truth - Scientific American Blog Network
Why Smart People Are Vulnerable to Putting Tribe Before Truth - Scientific American Blog Network
Intelligence and reasoning ability may further polarization. Curiosity, though, may decrease it and improve understanding other perspectives. From at
An antidote to politically-biased information processing: science curiosity.
Smart people aren't immune to cognitive bias: they're better at it.
If you want to understand the cutting edge of sci-comm science, why more information *doesn't* fix denialism, or how you actually change minds with science, read Dan Kahan's work. He very nicely summarized it for us!
Interesting piece summarising evidence for a suspicion I've long held: Better scientific reasoning ability doesn't make political partisans more objective, but instead allows them to be partisan with greater skill.
Dan Kahan describes Lord-Ross-Lepper-ish effects on polarization over scientific facts, w/ further entrenchment assoc. w/ greater - cognitive reflection - open-minded thinking - numeracy - science literacy Curious what think?
Why more scientific knowledge doesn't change the mind of a science denialist.
Science literacy is important, but without the parallel trait of "science curiosity," it can lead us astray
Science literacy is important, but without the parallel trait of "science curiosity," it can lead us astray
Why more information doesn't change the mind of a denialist.