Wednesday, August 13, 2014

evangelicalism, evolution, and the facts

NYTA recent article in the NYT talks about the collision between “beliefs and facts.” It struck a cord.
The author, Brendan Nyhan, argues that simply “knowing” scientific data, for example on evolution or climate change, isn’t as important as one’s beliefs and group identity–be it political or religious.
The force that determines where people eventually wind up is their ideology and the group to which they belong, which give them a coherent life-narrative.

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