<quote>This is why it is a mistake to think that you can somehow ‘correct’ people’s views on an issue by giving them more facts, since study after study has shown that people have a tendency to selectively reject facts that don’t fit with their existing views. … … But smarter people shouldn’t be susceptible to … Continue reading Education often leads to intellectual arrogance and more bias
In response to this article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/lawyer-declared-brain-dead-wakes-up-after-calls-to-pull-plug-on-her tl;dr: Doctors diagnose brain death, but patient later fully recovers. The doctors who were guilty of malpractice (misdiagnosing a brain death) are getting off scot-free, as they watch the credulous laypeople celebrate their religious “miracle”. Win-win. There tends to be a stark contrast between how some laypeople interpret an event, … Continue reading Misdiagnosed brain death = “miracle”!?
1 Thessalonians 5:18 King James Version (KJV) 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. <quote>Usually these events are unremarkable: a bite of food, the sensation of stepping from a hot room to an air-conditioned room, the moment of connection in receiving a text from … Continue reading In every thing give thanks
Vast majority of voters are “idiots” to various extents (i.e. voters tend to be far from the ideal of a rational, informed voter), so depending on what kind of voters you’re appealing to, you would say different kinds of half-truths or lies. Because if saying some half-truths or lies increases the votes you get, then … Continue reading Why politicians lie