• It's a thing of beauty, because it helps me understand that while we mistakenly believe we are different, we are really all the same. ;)

    For those who enjoy fighting: you are all the same, even when you are standing on opposite ends of the political or ideological spectrum. =P

    May 5, 2012 at 8:09 a.m.

  • "The majority of people have assumptions based on beliefs held within their own minds."

    "Always have and all ways will vote a straight party ticket" Is a prominent example of this thinking. we see on these forums. As written above

    "The brain also likes to be efficient or lazy depending on how you view it, and likes to group things by perceived likeness; this is what leads us to stereotyping and generalizations."

    In this case the "just pull the straight DorR lever" no thinking is required and allows the brain not to be used at all.

    Wasn't this once known as "brainwashed"

    "When receiving information that refutes their beliefs they will analyze and misconstrue meanings in an attempt to devalue the information or often times will analyze it so that the meaning is changed into information that affirms their assumption."

    The same behavior by a party member will be excused by loyal members of that party but condemned by members of the other. And vice/versa.

    A real classic example is how the filibuster in the US Senate is regarded. When the Rs controlled the Senate the Ds regarded the rule as a very good thing and when the Ds gained control the opinion immediately shifted 180degs

    May 4, 2012 at 3:56 p.m.