December, 2019 archive
At Psychology Today Blogs, Bobby Azarian probes the Evangelical “Christians” willingness to swallow Donald Trump’s particular type of hogwash, despite the hog’s being in plain sight. It’s an interesting read.
Here is a snippet (emphasis added):
One reason Trump supporters believe him comes from a basic fact about the brain: it takes more mental effort to reject an idea as false than to accept it as true. In other words, it’s easier to believe than to not.
For Christian fundamentalists, being taught to suppress critical thinking begins at a very early age. It is the combination of the brain’s vulnerability to believing unsupported facts and aggressive indoctrination that create the perfect storm for gullibility. Due to the brain’s neuroplasticity, or ability to be sculpted by lived experiences, evangelicals literally become hardwired to believe far-fetched statements.
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Oh, tweet politeness:
Guns don’t kill people, people do. Guns just make it a lot easier. AR-15 makes it super easy.
I jsit killed my whole family, and i couldnt have done it without a gun! I’m too much of a coward, a knife would have been waaay too hard. So, thanks to everyone at the NRA,
— KevinH (@kevinheimsoth_h) December 26, 2019
Follow the link for the full story, including reportage on the Bellingham Herald’s efforts to get comment from the NRA.
I didn’t believe this story when I first saw it from Yahoo! News Australia. I thought it likely a satirical piece mistakenly recast as news (something that happens far too frequently, particularly on “social” media), so I tracked it back to the source.
One more time, “responsible gun owner” is an oxymoron.
David considers the dynamics of pathological liars and his tactic for dealing with them.