News for February 2012

People Aren’t Smart Enough for Democracy

The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it. But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human psyche that would seem to disprove this notion, and imply instead that democratic elections produce mediocre leadership and policies.

The research, led by David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, shows that incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people’s ideas. For example, if people lack expertise on tax reform, it is very difficult for them to identify the candidates who are actual experts. They simply lack the mental tools needed to make meaningful judgments.

As a result, no amount of information or facts about political candidates can override the inherent inability of many voters to accurately evaluate them. On top of that, “very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don’t have the sophistication to recognize how good an idea is,” Dunning told Life’s Little Mysteries.

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Posted: February 28th, 2012
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Slaughterhouse – Hammer Dance

Posted: February 28th, 2012
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Sadat X – #JustSayin

Posted: February 27th, 2012
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Can Charity Replace Uncle Sam’s Safety Net?

Posted: February 24th, 2012
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Double Fine Adventure!

Ras Kass – Holes in the Ozone

Posted: February 16th, 2012
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MAX PAYNE 3: Official Trailer #2

Watch MAX PAYNE 3: Official Trailer #2

Posted: February 16th, 2012
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Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire ft. EL-P (Beat By Necro)

Posted: February 3rd, 2012
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Noel Coward’s Last Play

Noel Coward's Last Play from Thomas Lennon
Posted: February 2nd, 2012
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