05 March 2012

Poll results -- price and prejudice

Hey! There's a new poll (world water day!) on the right sidebar ===>

When do people change their minds?
When they are good and ready? 33%23
When they are confronted with logic? 19%13
When they experience cognitive dissonance? 23%16
When they are forced? 26%18
70 votes total

These answers are interesting in their dispersion. This blog is aimed at logic and dissonance, but I agree that most people change with either "external" or "internal" force.

Can you give an example of when you changed your mind and why you did?

For more on this topic, I recommend listening to this podcast discussing what we know and what we cannot know, and how the internet can be used or abused for the purposes of, respectively,  enlarging our knowledge or confirming our biases.

Why do I do what I do? Besides this recent rant, I agree with Neil deGrasse Tyson (one of America's top scientists):
Q: What grinds your gears?

NdT: Watching and listening to people in power who believe they know what they are talking about but do not.
Bottom Line: Action is easier when we agree on what to do. The trick is persuading others to take OUR action.

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