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Published: Monday, Oct. 28 2013 11:00 a.m. MDT

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Tyler D
Meridian, ID

The “Pauline Kael effect” has never been more alive in this country and it suggests something deeply troubling about human nature – namely, that confirming our emotional biases is far more important than full consideration of all the facts and differing points of view.

The proof of this is demonstrated by the fact that when it comes to our views that have the most emotion attached to them (e.g., political, religious) we almost never change our minds no matter how devastating a counter argument is to our position.

We are far less rational than we like to believe, and when our views take on the added flavor of moral judgment (i.e., believing those who do not share them are immoral, unpatriotic, etc.) we become downright dangerous.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

How about we don’t send our representatives to Washington DC but keep them at home in their respective districts. There is nothing they can do in Washington that cannot be done electronically from their own local office.

Perhaps the representative would by more effected by his constituents and less susceptible to the pressure from outside his district.

We might even save a couple of billions in the cost of government.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I've been posting this for a while (usually to no luck) that the nation ran better when legislators spent social, backroom time together. They could foster respect for one another and bounce ideas around without reprisal. Now, this doesn't happen. And, as the article suggests, it's way to easy to find one's own opinion out there and not have to consider or even look at another. We only need see ourselves in the mirror anymore.

Sandy Citizen50
SANDY, UT

Where are all the usual comments that your column seems to generate? This column must have been spot on with your analysis of people that only listen to what they want to hear.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

" particularly those who “don’t know a single person” who disagrees with them."

What a great line. When we seek to only seek the company of those who agree with us... thinking and conscience soon dies.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

This why living in Utah is called living inside of "the bubble".

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Looking back with rose-colored glasses?
Years ago most of us got our news from the 3 major networks--NBC, CBS or ABC and newspapers. It seemed journalistic standards were higher and the aim was not so much entertainment but to inform and educate.

No more. As Bennett pointed out we can tune into the "niche" sources which just confirm our biases at best and at worst mislead and lie to us.

Congress' way of doing business has changed as well. The "work week" has gotten smaller--Tues through Thurs. now instead of Mon-Fri. They spend less time legislating and more time raising money. They spend less time in the chambers debating bills. They interact less with their political opponents on a social basis.

I don't see it changing. Too much money to be had reinforcing the current status quo. But we are all worse off.

Some of us don't have the "luxury" of living among like-minded people. But that's ok. It makes us stretch and grow.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Thank you Senator. An outstanding post.

You too Tyler D and Hutterite.

Our legislators need to find respect for each other and for each other's views. Friendship is also helpful. Why? Because at the end of the day the constitution requires rule by the majority. If you want to get your ideas into law you are going to need folks to go along with you. Someone from across the aisle who will cosponsor your legislation so that it has a real chance of passage.

Sometimes this will mean compromise. You may not get all you want but will get much of what you want. Sometimes it means you may help out your friend on the other side of the aisle (who will moderate his or her legislation a bit to get your support). Thus, you will have influence directly via your own legislation and indirectly via other folks' legislation that gets moderated by you.

Those guys who are all "my way or the highway" - they don't get much of what they want actually passed into legislation. They may be quote machines and take up a lot of air time, but they don't get much done.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"If you stay with a single worldview, you never need consider anything that contradicts your own preconception of how things ought to be. That can be very comforting but leaves you vulnerable to some jolting surprises."

Surprises like Romney losing the election?

Basically, when conservatives think of media, it is Fox vs everyone else.

Fox has positioned itself as the only viable source for a conservative viewpoint.
You have to hand it to them.

Non-Conservatives get their news from a host of other sources.

I watch a cross section. But, I can tell you that if I only watched Fox, and believed them, I would despise Obama and the Democrats. But my view would be grossly skewed.

We see that hatred daily.

Don't believe me? For those on the right, list the news sources that you feel are objective.

I have asked this before and have yet to get an answer.

DVD
Taylorsville, 00

Seconded:

Twin Lights

Thank you Senator. An outstanding post.

Our legislators need to find respect for each other and for each other's views. Friendship is also helpful. Why? Because at the end of the day the constitution requires rule by the majority. If you want to get your ideas into law you are going to need folks to go along with you. Someone from across the aisle who will cosponsor your legislation so that it has a real chance of passage.

Sometimes this will mean compromise. You may not get all you want but will get much of what you want. Sometimes it means you may help out your friend on the other side of the aisle (who will moderate his or her legislation a bit to get your support). Thus, you will have influence directly via your own legislation and indirectly via other folks' legislation that gets moderated by you.

Those guys who are all "my way or the highway" - they don't get much of what they want actually passed into legislation. They may be quote machines and take up a lot of air time, but they don't get much done.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

The tea party is going to tea party candidates to have the last big shutdown tantrum they are conspiring to cause.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

“It’s not possible!” she cried. “I don’t know a single person who voted for him!”

A wonderful quote that cuts both ways across the political spectrum.

happy2bhere
clearfield, UT

Lucky for all of us who post at DN. We know, if by name only, both people who agree and disagree with us. I see and read a lot from both sides, and even though I don't agree with a lot of them, I do believe they are people who are smart enough to have formed their own world view. Try reading the posts on The Salt Lake Tribune. From what I've read, most of those posts have a one would view. I've posted there and gotten maybe one favorite response. Here I get from none to plus 10. I know where to get diversity opinion, and DN does pretty well.

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