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Partisan Reasoning: What Is It And What Might We Do About It?

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Implicit processes can impact our ordinary reflective reasoning a lot like implicit bias impacts our judgments about race, gender, etc. And like implicit bias, the solution to our implicitly biased reflective reasoning will involve more than just giving people more (or more relevant) information. It will involve changing parts of our reasoning process. And that might involve changing our reasoning environment.

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Partisan Reasoning: What Is It And What Might We Do About It?

  1. 1. Partisan Reasoning: What Is It & What Can We Do About It? Nick Byrd, PhD Candidate byrdnick.com
  2. 2. Gunther, Beck, and Nisbet (manuscript), r/announcements “I believe the biggest risk we face as Americans is our own ability to discern reality from nonsense, and this is a burden we all bear.” CEO of Reddit, Steve Hoffman (2018-03-05)
  3. 3. Analysis Pennycook, Fugelsang, and Koehler 2015
  4. 4. Analysis Pennycook, Fugelsang, and Koehler 2015; Van Bavel and Pereira 2018
  5. 5. 1. More information might not help 2. But changing other factors might improve our reflective reasoning • Epistemic Identity • Goals Implications Pennycook, Fugelsang, and Koehler 2015; Van Bavel and Pereira 2018; Rini 2017; Byrd 2014 Training?•

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