An Urban's View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Fri Apr 4, 2014 08:55 AM CDT

If you've ever tried to change minds about food, agriculture or anything, really, you know the syndrome: On some issues some people are impervious to argument. They believe what they believe. They ignore facts that contradict their views and embrace facts that support them.

Confirmation bias, it's called, and scholars are increasingly studying it.

Harvard Law School Professor Cass Sunstein notes an interesting example of the syndrome. In a column on Bloomberg (…) that cites research by a Yale law professor, Sunstein argues that Democrats and Republicans are both guilty of defying science. They do it on different ...

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