Sunday, July 2, 2017
Sunday Science Blog
From Scientific American:
How the Science of “Blue Lies” May Explain Trump’s Support
They are a very particular form of deception that can build solidarity within groups
This research...highlights a difficult truth about our species: we are intensely social creatures, but we are prone to divide ourselves into competitive groups, largely for the purpose of allocating resources. People can be prosocial—compassionate, empathetic, generous, honest—in their group and aggressively antisocial toward out-groups.
When we divide people into groups, we open the door to competition, dehumanization, violence—and socially sanctioned deceit. “People condone lying against enemy nations, and since many people now see those on the other side of American politics as enemies, they may feel that lies, when they recognize them, are appropriate means of warfare,” says George Edwards, a political scientist at Texas A&M University and one of the country’s leading scholars of the presidency.
If we see Trump’s lies not as failures of character but rather as weapons of war, then we can come to see why his supporters might view him as an effective leader. From this perspective, lying is a feature, not a bug, of Trump’s campaign and presidency.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK:
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is NOT impressed with Lord Damnut's gobbledegook about "space."