"He's a snake in the grass, I tell ya guys; he may look dumb but that's just a disguise; he's a mastermind in the ways of espionage." Charlie Daniels, "Uneasy Rider" Nick Kristof on politics: why we conclude that I'm right, and you're evil - TT's Lost in Tokyo

Nick Kristof on politics: why we conclude that I'm right, and you're evil

Here's a very interesting piece by Kristof at the New York Times about the reactions of Obama and Clinton supporters, and introducing cognitive science studies of why more information often polarizes, rather than bringing people together

Divided They Fall

Simply, we are cognitively wired as tribal animals.  That means we are inclined to see "our side" as right, and the other side as lying and scheming.  And very clever rent-seekers know this and try to use it to jerk us around.

Ron Bailey of Reason has two similar posts up:

More Information Confirms What You Already Know

The Culture War on Facts

 

Anybody see any similarities for what passes for discussion of climate science generally, and at here at Mises?  I've got loads of examples for those who can't seem to see it, or are interested in looking more.  Here are several, most recent first:

 

Climate spin: Who are the sneaky ones who changed "global warming" to "climate change"?http://mises.org/Community/blogs/tokyotom/archive/2008/04/09/why-those-sneaky-enviros-changed-from-quot-global-warming-quot-to-quot-climate-change-quot.aspx

 

Thank you, Prof. Block, for feeding our confirmation biases

http://mises.org/Community/blogs/tokyotom/archive/2008/02/26/thank-you-prof-block-for-feeding-our-confirmation-biases.aspx

 

Thanks, Dr. Reisman; or, How I Learned to Hate Enviros and Love Tantrums

http://mises.org/Community/blogs/tokyotom/archive/2008/02/24/george-reisman-or-how-i-learned-to-hate-enviros-and-love-tantrums.aspx

 

Escape from Reason: are Austrians conservatives, or neocons, on the environment?

http://mises.org/Community/blogs/tokyotom/archive/2008/02/19/cool-rationalists-or-conservatives-and-neocons-on-the-environment.aspx

 

Edwin Dolan: applying the Lockean framework to climate change

http://mises.org/Community/blogs/tokyotom/archive/2008/02/14/edwin-dolan-applying-the-lockean-framework-to-climate-change.aspx

 

"Climate Change, Evidence and Ideology"

http://mises.org/Community/blogs/tokyotom/archive/2008/02/06/quot-climate-change-cumulative-evidence-and-ideology-quot.aspx

 

John Baden: a Mt. Pelerin misanthrope/watermelon?

http://mises.org/Community/blogs/tokyotom/archive/2007/12/17/john-baden-is-this-mt-pellerin-society-member-a-misanthrope-watermelon.aspx

 

Holiday joy: roasting "watermelons" on an open pyre!

http://mises.org/Community/blogs/tokyotom/archive/2007/12/17/holiday-joy-quot-watermelons-quot-roasting-on-an-open-pyre.aspx

 

"Heroic" contrarians, proven wrong on AGW, make another slick cry for relevance at Bali

http://mises.org/Community/blogs/tokyotom/archive/2007/12/15/quot-heroic-quot-expert-voices-proven-wrong-on-agw-make-another-slick-cry-for-relevance-at-bali.aspx

 

Who knows climate science? The Mises Blog!

http://mises.org/Community/blogs/tokyotom/archive/2007/12/14/who-knows-climate-science-the-mises-blog.aspx

 

Goering and Madison on War

http://mises.org/Community/blogs/tokyotom/archive/2007/12/11/madison-and-goering-on-war.aspx

 

Bali:  Murdoch & 149 Other Top Vile Collectivists/Capitalists Call for Global Poverty ...

http://mises.org/Community/blogs/tokyotom/archive/2007/12/04/murdoch-amp-149-other-top-vile-collectivists-capitalists-call-for-global-poverty.aspx

 

Tribal pigheadedness: RedState bans Ron Paul supporters

http://mises.org/Community/blogs/tokyotom/archive/2007/10/27/tribal-pigheadedness-quot-the-simplest-way-to-explain-the-behavior-of-redstate.aspx

 

Libertarian denial; clever but not wise

http://mises.org/Community/blogs/tokyotom/archive/2007/10/12/libertarian-reticience-other-than-to-bash-enviros.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published Thu, Apr 17 2008 4:10 PM by TokyoTom

Comments

# News Flash! Another Clear Thinker at Mises tells us about "The vicious lie behind the global warming scare"!!!

Sunday, June 29, 2008 9:49 PM by TT`s Lost in Tokyo

This time it`s David Veksler , with a post on the main LvMI blog , with the title I`ve quoted above.

# [Update] Another Clear Thinker at Mises tells us about "The vicious lie behind the global warming scare"!!!

Sunday, June 29, 2008 9:51 PM by TT`s Lost in Tokyo

This time it`s David Veksler , with a post on the main LvMI blog , with the title I`ve quoted above.

# Mind Games: how an absence of functioning markets means that I'm right, but you're a delusional, neurotic "zealot"

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 11:49 PM by TT`s Lost in Tokyo

My last piece (on Bret Stephen 's straight-faced but ridiculous dismissal in the WSJ of all concerns

# [Update] Mind Games/Luboš Motl: how an absence of functioning markets means that I'm right, but you're a delusional, neurotic "zealot"

Thursday, July 10, 2008 11:57 PM by TT`s Lost in Tokyo

[Update below] My last piece (on Bret Stephen 's straight-faced but ridiculous dismissal in the WSJ

# Overlooked by those warmed by climate rhetoric ("alarmist" or "skeptic") - the fact that our most important commons have NO property rights rules

Thursday, March 12, 2009 6:59 AM by TT`s Lost in Tokyo

Roger Pielke, Jr. , who is a fairly constant critic of climate scientists, posted last week at his Prometheus

# Capitalism, the destructive exploitation of the Amazon and the tragedy of the government-owned commons

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 3:34 AM by TT`s Lost in Tokyo

Searching for solutions to problems is admirable, but the effectivenss of such efforts will be limited

# Fun with Partisanship and Self-Deception: the climate follies and Rob Bradley

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 1:50 PM by TT`s Lost in Tokyo

Political scientist and climate commenter Roger Pielke, Jr. and scientist and Climate Progress blogger

# John Quiggin plays Pin-the-tail-on-the-Donkey with "Libertarians and delusionism"

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 10:26 PM by TT`s Lost in Tokyo

John Quiggin , a left-leaning Australian economist and professor at the University of Queensland, has

# A sad, rising tide of plugged ears and closed minds?

Thursday, December 24, 2009 3:04 AM by TT`s Lost in Tokyo

# Snicker-snack! We hold these truths to be self-evident: That WE're right, and THEY are stoopid, deluded, evil AND cunning, out to destroy all that is good and holy

Monday, March 1, 2010 4:50 AM by TT's Lost in Tokyo

# Are Hayek's essential "market morals" breaking down? Hmm ... Is peace breaking out, or are things getting ugly?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 7:07 AM by TT's Lost in Tokyo

I wanted to post a few additional and somewhat scattered thoughts I have had relating to the 1986 essay