This morning I woke up and decided to check out any news that might be in the forefront. I knew that the Pope is resigning by the end of the month — seems sort of strange, almost like he just gave two weeks’ notice …. After skipping through the regular crime and weather stories, I ran into two articles — one in the Huffington Post called “ Republicans Need to Deal With Their Racism Problem” written by some music writer, pretty vacuous stuff and then “The Ignorance Caucus” written by Paul Krugman.
Paul Krugman, an American economist, is well known and well respected. He tends to slant much of his writing towards his political views, but so be it. Very seldom do you find a truly “objective” writer of any stripe since any good piece is the sum total of the facts presented from the prism of the author. The piece goes on to declare the inherent intellectual superiority of the liberal and decry the intelligence and “critical thinking skills” of the Republican mind. In fact here is an excerpt:
For these days his party dislikes the whole idea of applying critical thinking and evidence to policy questions. And no, that’s not a caricature: Last year the Texas G.O.P. explicitly condemned efforts to teach “critical thinking skills,” because, it said, such efforts “have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”…
So…….. Some GOP members in Texas decide that they do not want to teach “critical thinking skills” and this thought translates itself to Krugman painting the ENTIRE GOP in say, New Jersey or Illinois as having a low intellect level. By the way, who is this representative of ALL GOP members who happens to live in Texas? And HOW can we get in touch with him? Recall the problem that the New York Times writers have had in the past with fictitious interviews…… can anyone say Jayson Blair?
Nevertheless, Krugman finishes with his this little gem:
The truth is that America’s partisan divide runs much deeper than even pessimists are usually willing to admit; the parties aren’t just divided on values and policy views, they’re divided over epistemology. One side believes, at least in principle, in letting its policy views be shaped by facts; the other believes in suppressing the facts if they contradict its fixed beliefs.
For my supposedly “ignorant” GOP friends, he is implying that we have a difference of opinion regarding what knowledge is and how it is acquired. Read: the Democrats are high functioning creatures who allow their policy views to be shaped by facts. The GOP who are low functioning creatures tend to be guided by feeling — if something does not go along with our “feeling” then we suppress it. Now does this type of thinking describe any of my friends on this page?
To one degree or another, we all tend to be closed minded. We shut out those queues and ideas that do not conform to our beliefs. Our perception becomes our reality. J. J. and Eleanor Gibsons’ work on perception argues that understanding human behavior first involves careful analysis of the information available to any perceiving organism. This applies to the human organism — NOT JUST LIBERALS. In other words, Krugman’s OPINION regarding the cognitive abilities of ALL Republicans is not worth the amount of ink or air space that it occupies. … It is way too cool now to beat up on the Republicans and we take it.
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