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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

A New York Times article discusses a recent Yale study that shows that contrary to popular belief, increased scientific literacy does not correspond to increased belief in accepted scientific findings when it contradicts their religious or political views. The article notes that this is true across the political/religious spectrum and "factual and scientific evidence is often ineffective at reducing misconceptions and can even backfire on issues like weapons of mass destruction, health care reform and vaccines." So what is to be done? The article suggests that "we need to try to break the association between identity and factual beliefs on high-profile issues – for instance, by making clear that you can believe in human-induced climate change and still be a conservative Republican."

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/upshot/when-beliefs-and-fa...

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Again with the NY Times.

From the two most recent articles from the NYT posted on this site, it should be increasingly clear that the paper has a definite agenda and continues to skew and brainwash the public who still buy into it.

Thanks for keeping us informed about what they are up to now.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox