Writings on the Wall

Writings on the Wall, Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld. More words of wisdom.

“Three Steps that we haven’t tried that will boost our political engines are: (1) Institute a federal education program that emphasizes critical thinking and logical fallacies in every grade of public school. (2) Make voting easily available to every citizen, but stop diluting the power of informed voters by encouraging people to vote who don’t want to. (3) Broadcast a nonpartisan fact-check and logical analysis as often as possible when a politician speaks publicly.”

“Westen said, ‘Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it.’ It’s both stimulating and addicting to reject, without examining, any information contrary to our beliefs.”