Thursday, August 16, 2007

Disinterested Observers?

Stuart Buck discusses and links to an interesting study suggesting that political sophistication may not lead to sound political judgement. In fact, the informed may be less likely to recognize their biases when evaluating political information. Mr. Buck writes regarding the conclusions of the study, "In other words, it's the most clever people who are best at dressing up their emotional and partisan beliefs in high-minded reasoning, the best at cherry-picking the evidence to support their cause, the best at poking holes in any contrary evidence."

That's a rather humbling thought.

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