Everybody knows that our political views can sometimes get in the way of thinking clearly. But perhaps we don’t realize how bad the problem actually is. According to a new psychology paper, our political passions can even undermine our very basic reasoning skills. More specifically, the study finds that people who are otherwise very good at math may totally flunk a problem that they would otherwise probably be able to solve, simply because giving the right answer goes against their political beliefs.
This makes it a lot easier to understand certain people, who shall remain forever unnamed.
Resources: Grist, http://grist.org/politics/science-confirms-politics-wrecks-your-ability-to-do-math/, Science confirms: Politics wrecks your ability to do math, by Chris Mooney