Some suggest that the recent heated debates across the country over health care reform demonstrate the irrational means in which people typically draw conclusions.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – The recent antics of those debating health care reform is said to illustrate the tendency for some to draw conclusions based on irrational thought processing. As reported by LiveScience.com, some sociologists state that many passionately engaged in the health care debate have formed conclusions without evaluating facts beforehand.
University of Buffalo sociology professor Steve Hoffman is quoted in the report as stating of the matter, “People get deeply attached to their beliefs… We form emotional attachments that get wrapped up in our personal identity and sense of morality, irrespective of the facts of the matter.”
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign psychology professor Dolores Albarracin, who has conducted research on this type of reasoning, is further quoted as stating, “Even if you have free press, freedom of speech, it doesn’t make people listen to all points of view.”
More information on research pertaining to the matter may be available in the recent publication of the Sociological Inquiry journal.
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