Researchers discover a surprising threat to democracy: our brainshttp://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/07/11/how_facts_backfire/?page=1
It’s one of the great assumptions underlying modern democracy that an informed citizenry is preferable to an uninformed one. “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1789. This notion, carried down through the years, underlies everything from humble political pamphlets to presidential debates to the very notion of a free press. Mankind may be crooked timber, as Kant put it, uniquely susceptible to ignorance and misinformation, but it’s an article of faith that knowledge is the best remedy. If people are furnished with the facts, they will be clearer thinkers and better citizens. If they are ignorant, facts will enlighten them. If they are mistaken, facts will set them straight
In the end, truth will out. Won’t it?
Absolutely fascinating article. It is long but worth reading. Anyone who has ever spent any time in a political forum wasting their time posting facts to back up their position will be nodding their head while reading this.