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    Everybody suffers from confirmation bias to a certain extent - we're more likely to believe things that agree with our beliefs as they are than we are to give weight to things that contradict them.

    That being said, people of a liberal persuasion are bit more open to having their minds changed IF they can be shown a reason or facts that makes sense to them. They have a world view, but they are less reluctant to modify it in response to changing circumstances than conservatives.

    The conservative reaction to something that doesn't agree with their picture of the world is to reject it and even double down on their beliefs.

    And from an evolutionary perspective, there are reasons why both approaches make a certain amount of sense. You never have all the facts - sometimes sticking with what you know is the right course, sometimes you have to be able to take a chance on something new. Both approaches have a certain value.

    The paradox is that Liberals can accept this; Conservatives can't, and the dividing line is fear. Which is why Con Men have such a grip on the Conservative movement - manipulating fear is their specialty.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 10:33:16 AM PST

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