Cory Leonard

Why People Are Irrational about Politics

In politics on March 12, 2012 at 10:26 pm

The problem of political irrationality is the greatest social problem humanity faces. It is a greater problem than crime, drug addiction, or even world poverty, because it is a problem that prevents us from solving other problems. Before we can solve the problem of poverty, we must first have correct beliefs about poverty, about what causes it, what reduces it, and what the side effects of alternative policies are. If our beliefs about those things are being guided by the social group we want to fit into, the self-image we want to maintain, the desire to avoid admitting to having been wrong in the past, and so on, then it would be pure accident if enough of us were to actually form correct beliefs to solve the problem. Analogy: suppose your doctor, after diagnosing your illness, picks a medical procedure to perform on you from a hat. You would be lucky if the procedure chosen didn’t worsen your condition.

What can we do about the problem?

via Why People Are Irrational about Politics.

The solutions aren’t airtight but this is an important problem that is aptly discussed by the philosopher Michael Huemer. �Don’t miss his TEDxMile High presentation.

 

 

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