Fascinating. When people are asked to explain their views, and find out they can't, they become more moderate.
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- Been telling everyone for months that human beings have blue ad red blood finally some artistic evidence. Too bad main arterial paths not named.Oct 23, 2012
- This doesn't surprise me. The drive not to look like an idiot to the world at large is surprisingly strong.Oct 23, 2012
- George Lakoff, cognitive linguist, UC Berkeley. Most recently the Little Blue Book - but also http://amzn.to/ShuOc3 The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist's Guide to Your Brain and Its PoliticsOct 24, 2012
- Wow, that is just soooooo wrong.
What can motivate a person to make such a claim?
"Fascinating. When people are asked to explain their views, and find out they can't, they become more moderate." Such an amazing fiction.Sep 14, 2013
- Or they start accusing you of being an evil person, or asking you about some barely related matter, rather than answering questions.
Maybe I'm just too mean in how I ask those questions.Apr 10, 2016
- - Thanks so much for bringing this post back to my attention.
The fortune-cookie conclusion in the post ... I could use it to typify my cohort. So simplistic. So Polyana. Such comprehensive rose-colored glasses.
If we entertain and allow for the fact that persons are not the product of some cookie-cutter process. (To over-state my position: all sociology is bad; bad sociology is the worst.) we allow for a variety of human experience. I.e. someone who becomes angry and inflexible after finding that they cannot explain their position (roughly 60% of citizens) ... there's no reason to think them evil because they fail this shibboleth.
So people respond X, some people react Y, others apply coping tactic Z ...
Yet again, my yuppie cohort shows itself to be on the "We dehumanize for our own purposes" side of the chart.
p.s. author of "Man's Search for Meaning" (Viktor Frankl) pointed to how "pursuit of happiness" is probably the biggest obstacle to living a meaningful life. IMNSHO there's practically nothing about yuppie culture that is not fundamentally wrong.
p.s.2 Let's imagine the profits from junk food in the past ?what? half century.
The magical combination of white flour, white sugar, white fat and salt ... guaranteed to addict the human animal ... and inflict catastrophe on human health. Such a fine symbol for yuppie culture: the fortune-cookie. White flour, white fat, the magic proportions of salt and white sugar ... with a bit of pap tucked inside.
Addendum: "Why Partisans Can’t Explain Their Views" is a really crappy title for what is actually a damn good article.Apr 10, 2016