Post-Truthism Explained

From “Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds” by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Surveys on many. . . issues have yielded. . . dismaying results. “As a rule, strong feelings about issues do not emerge from deep understanding,” Sloman and Fernbach write. And here our dependence on other minds reinforces the problem. If your position on, say, the Affordable Care Act is baseless and I rely on it, then my opinion is also baseless. When I talk to Tom and he decides he agrees with me, his opinion is also baseless, but now that the three of us concur we feel that much more smug about our views. If we all now dismiss as unconvincing any information that contradicts our opinion, you get, well, the Trump Administration.

One thought on “Post-Truthism Explained

  1. I think that is how our culture is determined—an agreement among many to accept a particular interpretation. Our language has evolved in that way, as well. Agreement among friends does result in a certain smugness, but truth is a little more difficult to resolve.

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