We are all somewhat impervious to new information, preferring the beliefs in which we are already invested. We often ignore new contradictory information, actively argue against it or discount its source, all in an effort to maintain existing evaluations. Reasoning away contradictions this way is psychologically easier than revising our feelings. In this sense, our emotions color how we perceive “facts.”
The simple reality is people feel before they think. And when those feelings are strong enough, facts take a back seat.
David P. Redlawsk, professor of political science and director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University.
On “motivated reasoning.”
Save your breath.
P.S. “Motivated Reasoning” would be a great name for a political blog.
I’ve been a Mac user and aficionado for over 20 years.
Here’s an app that’s among the first things I install whenever I get a new machine.
CopyPaste Pro, by
Script nee Plum Amazing Software, $30
The Original, Essential, Multiple Clip Utility for Mac OS X
Save/Edit/Manipulate/Store Everything You Copy, Cut and Paste
CopyPaste is the original multiple clipboard utility for the Mac. CopyPaste has been massively popular since its first release. What has made it so widely appreciated? Usefulness. CopyPaste magnifies and multiplies the usefulness of the humble clipboard. It does things that the creators of the clipboard at Apple never dreamed of.
One of the revolutionary features that came with the Mac in 1984 was the unique ability to select text or pictures, etc., then copy that data into a clipboard in order to hold that content temporarily and then paste it in the same application or in a different one. The clipboard was used to transfer all kinds of info between programs on the Mac. Later, this feature was adopted in other operating systems.
A few years later, CopyPaste was the first utility to enhance the Mac by giving it multiple clipboards. This meant that more data could be moved in less time. CopyPaste also allowed these multiple clipboards to be displayed, edited, archived and saved through restarts. CopyPaste revealed the untapped potential of the Mac clipboard.
I feel crippled when at a machine without it.
Seriously — If the original Clipboard was revolutionary in 1984, having multiple, persistent clipboards is a quantum leap forward.
But don’t take my word for it… Sir James Galway, World Renowned Flautist says:
“I cannot imagine a computer without CopyPaste.”