UP w/ Chris Hayes: The psychology of polarization.
I’m blogging this discussion again due to the fact that I just started reading Chris Mooney’s The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science - and Reality because I find this conversation, about the polarization of politics, featuring the aforementioned author, awesome and enlightening.
Also, although I’m only one-fifth of the way through this book I can’t get enough of it. It’s a downer in a way because I too, subscribed (literally, this idea has consumed most of my mind the past year) to the Enlightenment-born idea and principle that reason will undermine un-reason; one day, all will be well and lovely with a society based on reason and facts because refutation of myth, with cold-hard facts, is the antidote. I’m excited to read about how we can use this information, to in fact, move. to. a. more. enlightened. society. Damn, there I go again. (Mooney, suggests in this video, that the first step would be to accept this truth about our brains, and go from there. The problem, conservatives are disinclined for many reasons, to do this.)
Anyway, the reality is that our brains don’t work that way: motivated reason, confirmation bias, and the “primacy of effect” reigns supreme in our evolved brain.
READ THIS BOOK.
If you love psychology, sociology, politics, biology, genetics, I highly recommend this book.
Also, watch this discussion!