I am constantly surprised by the kind of people I come across who believe in these conspiracy theories. One used to only hear this sort of thing from crazy uncles at holiday dinners. But now I see such untruths ardently believed (and preached) by highly educated people with advanced degrees. How did we get here? How do highly educated people believe this sort of garbage?
Bryan T. Baker
Wow Bryan - you have written this with palpable zest! Electric, succinct, direct writing. Thanks so much, a pleasure to read. Bookmarking this for the future parts!
My take on why we think like we do is based on the takeaways from Jonathan Haidt's excellent book - The Righteous Mind. It goes someway in explaining why we are so tribalistic. We are essentially intuition-driven information processors, constantly scanning the world around us, morally interpreting information and colouring narratives with our unique worldview. We readily allow intuition to lead us and then use our rationality to come up with evidence to support our beliefs - the absolute arse-backward way it should be.
I'd really appreciate if you could read my article and feedback - the parallels between your take for WHY we are so polarized and partisan and HOW our brains are literally wired to be this way according to Haidt, are uncanny.