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The Science of Ideology:  Individuals’ Process of Reasoning Would Benefit from People Questioning Their Beliefs.

If our political institutions seem more dysfunction than ever before it’s probably because they are polarized more than ever before.— Chris Hayes

In the new “science of ideology” researchers find that  a) certain personality traits are moderately correlated with certain political stances  eg, that conservatives value loyalty highly and liberals value change and science is psychologically based  b) “morality binds and blinds” because we think with our gut   c) we are crippled by “the confirmation bias” (minute 13) which is that we “use our reason to confirm what we already believe in.”

"We all have to get a little more humble as individuals and recognize that as individuals we are not very good at finding the truth; that we only can find the truth when we are put in relationships in which other people are questioning our confirmation bias.  And this is what has changed.  Science works because each of us scientists challenge each other.   So, as Chris says, over time, science does update whereas religion does not."— Jonathan Haidt

"A principle in my book is: follow the sacredness and around it you’ll find a ring of motivated ignorance" — Jonathan Haidt  emphasis ours. He points out that both liberals and conservatives have their sacred beliefs.

Chris Hayes wants to know how he can facilitate a “moral transformation and revolution” if he is giving reasons for everything.  “So why am I ever giving reasons for anything?  Why am I trying to persuade anyone?”

Chris Hayes is told to visit www.livingroomconversations.org and to read Dale Carnegie’s Winning Friends and Influencing People.  Chris Mooney opines that it would be helpful if both liberals and conservatives would accept this new science of ideology.

"We’re getting a lot of conservative denial right now……  If it were broadly admitted that we could agree that we all have strengths and weaknesses… We would just say some people are good at this and some are good at that.  You are not inherently bad or worse.  Then, actually, we would have a ground for cooperation."— Chris Mooney

Our 2 cents:  We need groups of conservatives and liberals to get together and discover how many things they AGREE on. We think it would be a long list and a good starting point for cooperation. 

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