How facts backfire – The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/07/11/how_facts_backfire/

more detail on the political consequences of our faulty belief system. One of the fundamental reasons we need both Trusted Surveillance and Perfect Information. Be that as it may, while they are right to highlight this as a problem for democracy, they skate right over the recognition that the alternative to democracy – Government – is poisoned by exactly the same faulty belief system. For examples of how political leaders behave exactly as described here, when the facts oppose their beliefs, just read the history of the War on Drugs. My personal favourite example is Richard Nixon binning the Shafer Commission report because, based on the facts, it recommended decriminalisation of marijuana…

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About Harry Stottle
Refugee from the Stumbleupon Blogicide of October 2011 Here you will find my "kneejerk" responses to the world and what I happen to bump into. For my more detailed considerations and proposals, please visit my website or my previous main blogging site.

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