Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Wrong By Association

How do we decide if information we receive is credible and if we need to change our beliefs? Steven Colbert, after watching Fox News, advocates one "interesting" approach:

"If someone is sufficiently evil everything about them and what they believe is wrong. Whether or not it's right."

So to summarize the logic: Person A is evil. Person A believes X. Therefore, regardless of other evidence and your prior beliefs, X is wrong (and anyone who believes X is evil).

(Colbert also discussed a topic from class, the growth segregation based on beliefs, during Monday's "Word".)

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