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Lazy, not biased: Susceptibility to partisan fake news is better explained by lack of reasoning than by motivated reasoning


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https://www.scienced...01002771830163X
 

Thus, we conclude that analytic thinking is used to assess the plausibility of headlines, regardless of whether the stories are consistent or inconsistent with one’s political ideology. Our findings therefore suggest that susceptibility to fake news is driven more by lazy thinking than it is by partisan bias per se – a finding that opens potential avenues for fighting fake news.


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Well, that is the good news.  The bad news is, present company excepted, most everybody on the darn planet is lazy. (I know I certainly am).

 

I mean, are all of those Fox news viewers so lazy they can't even use the remote to change channels?

 

(Even I can do that.  Mostly to keep my blood pressure under control).

 

Oh well.


The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls


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Global warming -> heat wave -> lazy - > fake new againt global warming -> anti anti global warming action -> continuation of global warming -> heat wave -> lazy

 

Its a Global warming conspircy to keep Global warming ! :cool:



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Correct me if I'm wrong, but is the title of the article saying that lazy people lack reasoning ability? I'm not sure I agree with that assumption. My mathematics teacher in high school told me that some of the laziest people are mathematicians. While sometimes it makes sense to expend energy, that is not always the case. 



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maybe for some, but

 

I think it has more to do with the yarning for the old west or the religious times were anyone that isn't white, male or anyone that doesn't walk the religious line was either killed for doing so or was an second class.

 

It is driven by the inability to accept that some people are different and they can't accept freedom. They say they do but in reality it is only for their narrow mindset.


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Correct me if I'm wrong, but is the title of the article saying that lazy people lack reasoning ability? I'm not sure I agree with that assumption. My mathematics teacher in high school told me that some of the laziest people are mathematicians. While sometimes it makes sense to expend energy, that is not always the case. 

 

 

I like Sciencedrocks' answer, but I have a slightly different take.

 

I think it has to do with the information that a person is provided. 

 

Think of an old school computer term that I don't hear much anymore: Garbage In, Garbage Out (GIGO).

 

The idea of GIGO was that no matter how fast a computer, no matter what its computational power, it didn't mean that it would give you a correct answer if the data it was given is flawed.  It lacked critical thinking to be able to analyze data and give you feedback like "this just doesn't seem right".  It had no analytical ability, no critical thinking ability.

 

So what is being lazy got to do with the point of the article?

 

It is not that consumers of lies are too stupid to understand that they are viewing lies.  It is that they are too lazy to do the necessary research to determine what the most probable truth is among options provided.  They simply do one stop shopping, as in:

 

"Do I keep up with the news?  Sure, I watch Fox news all the time......or I watch CNN all the time, etc.  

 

Never, "I sample the news from a wide variety of news outlets of varying ideological perspectives, and then make up my own mine over controversial matters."

 

So not too stupid in the sense that they cannot be taught how too think critically, but too lazy in that they do not see the point of taking (or at least applying) such training.


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Experts Explain Why Trump's Defenders Refuse to Accept That Their Precious President Is Damaged Goods

 

https://www.alternet...t-damaged-goods

 

Introduction:

 

(Alternet) Like many, I watched Trump's behavior at the Helsinki summit with bulging eyes —a mix of shock and dismay that there were still those who, despite mounds of evidence, refuse to accept that President Trump is a senile, braying, compromised authoritarian. That led to a deeper question: How do so many Trump-supporting Republicans — 68 percent, according to one poll — refuse to acknowledge what their eyes and ears told them at the Helsinki summit?

 

While commentators from the left, right and middle love to bemoan how those who disagree with them ignore "facts" and "logic," the unwillingness to accept the input you witness yourself is a much deeper and more troubling problem. Methodologically sound statistics, well-documented reports, scientific research and historical information are objective and reliable and thus should be taken seriously, to be sure, but because they are still inherently intangible — matters to be processed by the mind rather than observed with the senses — people who dismiss them as abstractions are not willfully insane for doing so.

 

The same is not true when you can watch a video in which, before your very eyes and in plain English, the president sides with a hostile foreign leader over his own intelligence agencies, blatantly sucks up to that same despot on a number of occasions, and even offers to turn over anti-Putin critics to be persecuted as a trade-off for America pursuing legitimate criminal cases against Russians who wronged our country. If you see that and then insist that Trump didn't betray America to Russia — never mind whether you believe that betrayal technically constitutes treason, a point which is legitimately arguable— you are either (a) more loyal to Russia than America, a scenario that may apply to Trump himself but almost certainly does not apply to the vast majority of the people supporting him right now or (b) rendering yourself willfully insane in the literal definition of that word — that is, adopting a state of mind that prevents you from perceiving the reality that is right in front of you.


The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls





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