We have a split in political opinion that has divided us into two bitterly opposed camps. All we have to go on in this life is our ability to reason. A good way to learn about a topic is to begin with a review of factual information, which entails surveying a representative sample of reliable (consistently repeatable) and valid (accurate) sources. Such information sources are critical to arriving at a sound opinion.
Political news often contains inaccurate and misleading information; the news media verge towards sensationalism. Dog bites man does not attract many readers, but “man bites dog,”—now there’s a story.
To understand politics it is helpful to scan a wide variety of sources from trusted experts (e.g. Dr. Fauci). It is imperative to carefully examine ideas that contradict our preconceptions. Given a little time and practice, one can become proficient at recognizing valid information sources. It will be readily apparent, for example, that President Trump, or social media, are not reliable and valid sources of information.
Remember, every hypothesis is open to revision and replacement, as new and better data emerge.
When people start to believe that their perspective is THE truth, it becomes difficult to change their beliefs. The explanation for this was first presented in Leon Festinger’s cognitive dissonance theory which explained why a made-up mind is a hard thing to change. For extra credit, I’d suggest a review of Eric Hoffer regarding true believers, fascinating, yet frightening stuff.
— Roland Lamarine, Chico