The Selective Laziness of Reasoning (abstract)

... participants ...were presented with their own argument as if it was someone else's. Among those participants who accepted the manipulation and thus thought they were evaluating someone else's argument, more than half (56% and 58%) rejected the arguments that were in fact their own. Moreover, participants were more likely to reject their own arguments for invalid than for valid answers. This demonstrates that people are more critical of other people's arguments than of their own, ...: They are better able to tell valid from invalid arguments when the arguments are someone else's rather than their own. [emphasis mine]

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Ruth, this reality is one of the reasons that voter education is so important.

Another reality is that those who most want a change don't take the time to educate voters, ...and often lose.

And so, on my travels between idealism and cynicism, I at least pause in realism.

I'm not sure that the majority of voters have sufficient education or the desire to learn.

Some politician says they're going to pass laws that will stimulate the economy by reducing the taxes on rich people and corporations.  That politician exudes confidence. Lots of gullible idiots will believe him/her.

I'm not sure that the majority of voters have sufficient education or the desire to learn.

Joseph, I agree with you about a minority of voters.

You might be unsure about the majority because you're not out there talking with them.

That's so right Ruth but I think it's part of the human psych. I always think I'm right!!

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