Talking ourselves into it

Amazing, when you think of it, but today, just now, I came across this recently published essay which bears a remarkable similarity to the Slactivist essay I was enthusing about yesterday. This one, entitled The Political Brain and Inconsistency, published Sept. 6, is sort of the academic version of what Slacktivist said in yesterday’s quote, to wit, that people have many reasons for retrofitting reality to fit their preexisting belief system, not the least of which is malice (not stupidity, not ignorance, not foolishness):

“A fifth possibility is that such people say whatever they think will support the claim they are making at the time and they do not worry too much about what they say from day to day. In this case, such people do have a principle that they apply consistently: I will say whatever I think will support the claim I am making now.”


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