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I agree
Summary | 11 Annotations
Why can’t Americans agree about anything? The United States has survived through periods of great division and yet today we all now seem incapable of finding common ground on even the smallest issues.
2017/06/03 06:37
Today, in public forums, we engage each other not to learn or to converse, but to fight along the harshest and most intractable partisan lines — and to win, no matter how obnoxious we must be in order to carry the day.
2017/06/03 06:37
some of this problem is generated by human nature, especially the problem of “confirmation bias.
2017/06/03 06:37
We naturally want to reject evidence that conflicts with those cherished views
2017/06/03 06:38
One person in this discussion, for example, might hold firmly, as many Americans do, to the idea that unemployed people are just lazy
2017/06/03 06:39
Like so many examples of confirmation bias, this could spring from personal experience.
2017/06/03 06:39
For this person, every “help wanted” sign— which confirmation bias will note and file away— is further proof of the laziness of the unemployed.
2017/06/03 06:39
Unable to cope with this level of nuance and unwilling to see their own biases, most people will simply drive each other crazy arguing rather than accept answers that contradict what they already think about the subject.
2017/06/03 06:41
This isn't just human nature, but the result of a narcissism that took root in American society after the 1960s and has been growing ever since.
2017/06/03 06:41
Surrounded by affluence, enabled by the internet, and empowered by an educational system that prizes self-esteem over achievement, Americans have become more opinionated even as they have become less informed, and are now utterly intolerant of ever being told they’re wrong about almost anything.
2017/06/03 06:41
We must come out from behind our keyboards and smartphones and televisions and engage each other as citizens,
2017/06/03 06:41