The psychology of politics in a time of dueling facts
David C. Barker Ph.D., Morgan Marietta Ph.D.
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David C. Barker, Ph.D., is Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS) at American University.
Morgan Marietta, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he studies and writes about the political consequences of belief.
"Inconvenient facts” is a term coined by Max Weber to describe observations that contradict our partisan inclinations. As political polarization has grown, more and more facts have become inconvenient. This blog will discuss many of the psychological mechanisms that encourage us to accept convenient facts while we ignore the inconvenient ones. In addition to political facts, many psychological theories and pieces of evidence are also inconvenient when they suggest things about us that we would prefer not to believe. This blog will discuss the inconvenient facts and theories that explain contemporary events.