#1 Krugman: Conservatives become less willing to look at the facts ...02-28-2012, 10:08 AM
Ahhhh...the all knowing "Super Brains" jump on board with Krugman
Mon Feb 27, 2012, 01:25 PM
Krugman: Conservatives become less willing to look at the facts ... as they become better-educated
Digby sends us to Chris Mooney on how conservatives become less willing to look at the facts, more committed to the views of their tribe, as they become better-educated:For Republicans, having a college degree didn’t appear to make one any more open to what scientists have to say. On the contrary, better-educated Republicans were more skeptical of modern climate science than their less educated brethren. Only 19 percent of college-educated Republicans agreed that the planet is warming due to human actions, versus 31 percent of non-college-educated Republicans.
But it’s not just global warming where the “smart idiot” effect occurs. It also emerges on nonscientific but factually contested issues, like the claim that President Obama is a Muslim. Belief in this falsehood actually increased more among better-educated Republicans from 2009 to 2010 than it did among less-educated Republicans, according to research by George Washington University political scientist John Sides.
What Chris Mooney is telling us is that this is a vain hope. Highly educated political conservatives — and this includes conservative economists — are going to be less persuadable by empirical evidence than the man or woman in the street. The more holes you poke in doctrines like expansionary austerity or supply-side economics, the more committed they will get to those doctrines.
This debate isn’t going to be won by rational argument.
It's been obvious that republicans have been bound by ideology over real world evidence of what works and what has failed, but I had not seen the evidence of the inverse link with the level of republicans' education and openness to looking at the facts.
These idiots, in their quest to be "all knowing" just totally miss the fucking point.May the FORCE be with you!
02-28-2012, 12:11 PM
Krugman. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
02-28-2012, 01:57 PM
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Krugman has been mixing the Kool aid for the Drones for years. He's merely serving up more potent doses these days.Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
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02-28-2012, 02:16 PM
What Krugman is really saying is, "Okay, the debate won't be won by rational argument. So we'll resort to lies, obfuscation, deceit, and the "scientific" agenda that states, 'Where am I gonna get my next grant if I don't convince the politicians and those too stupid to disagree with me that the earth is really warming and humans are responsible for it if I don't lie?'"U.S. Army, Retired
02-28-2012, 05:37 PM
02-28-2012, 05:56 PM
Maybe being better educated, they know that there is no such thing as a "concensus", and they can see the facts for what they are.In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.
In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
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02-28-2012, 07:14 PM
02-29-2012, 02:27 AM
Better educated people understand the science is always evolving. Any serious scientific explanations for global warming always include qualifiers such as "could" or "may" because people who understand science aren't arrogant enough to think that man knows everything. The press and the ecotards always translate these words into does and will while claiming GW is "settled science."
GW is both a religion and an industry.
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