Wiretapping, Healthcare, Lies, Journalism, talk, talk and more talk. The radio, TV, Sirius XM, Twitter and Facebook are all alive and jumping from one Trump story to the next. Between his Tweets and Fact Finding reality TV has become a thing of the past. The question that is overwhelmingly at the front of my brain is why do folks believe all the false statements and lies that have been thrown at us. Then I read the article below and #reasoning has been clearly defined.
It’s one thing for me to flush a toilet without knowing how it operates, and another for me to favor (or oppose) an immigration ban without knowing what I’m talking about.
Virtually everyone in the United States, and indeed throughout the developed world, is familiar with toilets. A typical flush toilet has a ceramic bowl filled with water. When the handle is depressed, or the button pushed, the water—and everything that’s been deposited in it—gets sucked into a pipe and from there into the sewage system. But how does this actually happen?
…“illusion of explanatory depth,” just about everywhere. People believe that they know way more than they actually do. What allows us to persist in this belief is other people. In the case of my toilet, someone else designed it so that I can operate it easily. This is something humans are very good at. We’ve been relying on one another’s expertise ever since we figured out how to hunt together, which was probably a key development in our evolutionary history.
… our dependence on other minds reinforces the problem. If your position on, say, the Affordable Care Act is baseless and I rely on it, then my opinion is also baseless.
New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.
Source: Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds