Brain, Belief, and Politics

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In recent years, brain science has converged on a surprising framework for how we believe the things we believe. Brain, Belief, and Politics PDF EBook It appears that the origin of belief is emotive, rooted in things like group allegiance or the affinities we may have for certain patterns of moral values. Only later does our rationality speak up. "Motivated reasoning" is the term psychology has given this process, although a cynic might possibly be forgiven for calling it "bias."

Where does this leave our beliefs about politics? On the one hand, we may have some cause for despair, as our beliefs may not be as objectively justified as we like to imagine. On the other, the emerging science of mind may yield effective ways to correct our biases, or at least to understand their origins. If so, a new, more sophisticated political science may be in order, one rooted firmly in brain science.

To discuss these issues, we've recruited an eclectic panel, even by our standards. Libertarian science writer Michael Shermer leads with a taste from his new book The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. He will be answered by Artificial Intelligence expert Eliezer Yudkowsky, perhaps best known for his work at the group blog; download; Christian blogger and cultural critic Joe Carter; and Reason magazine's science columnist Ronald Bailey. Like this book? Read online this: Structure Development During Polymer Processing (Nato Science Series (Nato Science Series: E Applied Sciences Volume 370): Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute o (Nato Science Series E: (closed)), Beyond Belief.

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