Shenhav and his colleagues investigated that question in a series of studies. In the first, 882 American adults answered online surveys about their belief in God. Next, the participants took a three-question math test with questions such as, "A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?"
The intuitive answer to that question is 10 cents, since most people's first impulse is to knock $1 off the total. But people who use "reflective" reasoning to question their first impulse are more likely to get the correct answer: 5 cents.I'm not crazy, right? Someone actually said this, and even worse, people BELIEVE this crap? This is kindergarten math and Republicans seem like they are trying to justify that it's apparently wrong. You have got to be kidding. Sadly, this does not surprise me, but I am constantly saddened when instead of trying to better our country, politicians are tying up the political system with ridiculous dribble such as this. This is just pathetic and in no way beneficial to our society.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Comment From Matt Taibbi's Post
Posted by Amanda at 6:32 PM