Several days ago I posted a question here about why people seem to be voting against their own interests. James commented that he thought it was fear and some others weighed in with other suggestions...one of which was to read some of George Lakoff's books. Then a day or so ago someone on Kos put up a short diary stating simply a quote from Isaac Asimov::
“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'” ... which the diarist seemed to think is an explanation for what's happening. i.e., those other folks are ignorant.
Lakoff makes the case that this is not necessarily so, and that we can't persuade others with facts if they simply see things through a different lens...a lens formed by experiences encountered as a child...often through metaphors perhaps expressed by their parents. Lakoff said that if one could explain why some people see Anna Nicole Smith as a gold-digger and others see her a poor girl struggling to overcome the metaphorical "women's lot in life" we'd start to get the picture.
So, he's saying facts are facts, but we interpret them differently...and if we want to convince the other side we have to be able to understand how to communicate from their perspective. I'm still working on that...because it's hard. If I figure something out, I'll post it because we are somehow losing the battle using what we think are facts people should respect.
I welcome your thoughts....
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