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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend read: The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science:
How our brains fool us on climate, creationism, and the vaccine-autism link.

Excerpts:
 We apply fight-or-flight reflexes not only to predators, but to data itself.
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We may think we’re being scientists, but we’re actually being lawyers. Our “reasoning” is a means to a predetermined end—winning our “case”—and is shot through with biases. They include “confirmation bias,” in which we give greater heed to evidence and arguments that bolster our beliefs, and “disconfirmation bias,” in which we expend disproportionate energy trying to debunk or refute views and arguments that we find uncongenial. 
Good read:

https://medium.com/mother-jones/the-science-of-why-we-dont-believe-science-adfa0d026a7e