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Science Confirms: Politics Wrecks Your Ability to Do Math

the four problem scenarios presented in the study

Everybody knows that our political views can sometimes get in the way of thinking clearly. But perhaps we don't realize how bad the problem actually is. According to a new psychology paper, our political passions can even undermine our very basic reasoning skills. More specifically, the study finds that people who are otherwise very good at math may totally flunk a problem that they would otherwise probably be able to solve, simply because giving the right answer goes against their political beliefs.The study, by Yale law professor Dan Kahan and his colleagues, has an ingenious design. At the outset, 1,111 study participants were asked about

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06 Sep
Milton Ramirez @tonnet
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06 Sep
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05 Sep
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05 Sep
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04 Sep
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04 Sep
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04 Sep
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04 Sep
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