This article from Slate is very, very interesting. It makes me stop and think: Does a similar psychological filtering process explain why conservatives will rarely read my blog and even more rarely be convinced by my arguments if they do? And, to be fair, somewhere a more conservative blogger will ask the same question of liberals? In fact, this all suggests that even if my blog strives to strike a “fair and balanced” position–showcasing the work of those on both left and right (which I have done, albeit not always well)–the reader will assign more weight to the ideas that reinforce their own ideas, and ignore the ones that run counter to their own. So, that interesting article might also serve to teach me that changing anyone’s mind about anything health care related is largely a Sisyphean endeavor. Perhaps I should move to Boulder.
Psychological Resistance to Change