Gettin' Siggy With It
By Ed Driscoll · January 17, 2006 06:14 PM · The New, New Journalism
Speaking of Sigmund, Carl And Alfred, here's an article and two blog posts with some interesting psychological takes.
First up, in the middle of a longer piece on the negative impact that Maryland's legislature singling out Wal-Mart will have to the state's economy as a whole, Arnold Kling looks at confirmation bias:
Chances are, you will look for some errors in my reasoning, so that you can dismiss everything that I have to say. All of us tend to read this way. We overlook flaws in the arguments of sympathetic writers, and we go all-out to find the flaws in arguments of others. In psychology, this double standard is known as confirmation bias. What it means is that we tend to seek support for what we already believe, rather than to seek out information that might undermine our beliefs. Confirmation bias helps to account for the persistence of disagreement.Meanwhile, in a post titled, "Identification With The Aggressor", Dr. Sanity looks at just that, or as it's commonly known today, Stockholm Syndrome. (Read the whole thing, as all the cool psychbloggers say...)
And finally, Neo-Neocon looks at those who think Bush lied concerning WMDs in Iraq, and debates the problem of the false negative vs. the false positive:
They are both bad. But in the case of self defense, the false negative is, as Callimachus points out, a good deal more dangerous, if one is looking at it from the point of view of the need to prevent a threat from becoming a reality.IndeedTM.
Meanwhile, Hugh Hewitt eschews Freudian theory for a extraterrestrial assumption as to the reason why so many of the usual suspects appear extra stuck-on-stupid this week.
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