It turns out that educating US adults about factual errors in their beliefs does not work: “If someone held a contrary attitude, the correction not only didn’t work—it made the subject more distrustful of the source. ”
“Strong partisanship affected how a story about climate change was processed, even if the story was apolitical in nature, such as an article about possible health ramifications from a disease like the West Nile Virus …”
“If information doesn’t square with someone’s prior beliefs, he discards the beliefs if they’re weak and discards the information if the beliefs are strong.”
“If factual correction is ineffective, how can you make people change their misperceptions?” New Yorker.com
Backfire effect: A recent healthcare study by Dartmouth researchers found that when educated Palin supporters were given the correct information about the supposed “death panels”, educated Conservatives became even “more likely to believe in death panels and to strongly oppose reform (than) if they received the correction.” ??? The Hazards of Correcting Myths …
Reliable research now shows that even well-educated Conservatives simply reply “Nugh-unhhh” and irrationally dig in their heels, when presented facts that contradict their personal opinions, even on key issues like the mythical “death panels”.
This might explain why years of Conservative’s comments on Yucalandia have only been able to make vitriolic and frankly childish comments in reply to facts like:
~ US states controlled by Conservatives have the highest rates of child poverty,
~ Conservative US states rank 29’th in the world (with Bulgaria) for children’s education and standards of living, and
~ Conservative US states receive the majority of US federal government welfare, in spite of their living Conservative principles.
America seriously needs to change.
As long as blocks of people stubbornly cling to false beliefs, we’re going to be stuck being the next-to-worst country (29’th) in the industrialized world.
We used to value doing things well.
We used to value being a good nation, taking good care of our children – making good futures for the next generations.
Now USA as #1:
~ We still have the biggest bombs.
~ The USA still has the highest %’s of people in prison.
~ We still spend the highest %’s of our resources on the military, putting our military into 75% of the world’s countries – a record high in the history of humans.
… as our US children face worse food poverty rates than Mexico…
Get out and vote for change in the next election…
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