The cultural cognition of risk, sometimes called simply cultural cognition, is the hypothesized tendency of persons to form perceptions of risk and related facts that cohere with their self-defining values. Research examining this phenomenon draws on a variety of social science disciplines including psychology, anthropology, political science, sociology, and communications. The stated objectives of this research are both to understand how values shape political conflict over facts (like whether climate change exists, whether gun control increases crime, whether vaccination of school girls for HPV threatens their health) and to promote effective deliberative strategies for resolving such conflicts consistent with sound empirical data.
Applies to all of us, how our brains work.
We are prone to make outside information fit our values rather than vice versa.
No matter who gets elected, we will have tax problems, a war in which we don’t need to be involved, a lot of hungry and homeless, and worse.
People will not be happy, and often with good reason.
We are all people able to make the world a better place. Let’s keep that on that track.
Now more than ever, we have the power to keep on our leaders, and continue to push for what we can get to accomplish that goal. Peacefully, if possible. Whistle-blowing and the power of everyone having a handheld computer and camera can be a fantastic tool in keeping the elected in line.
If the system needs repair, we have tools to fix it. I feel we are long overdue for a tuneup. It will take time, cost pain, and be irritating, but the end results will be worth it.
Don’t stop trying to help once the elections are over. If you haven’t started to help, start, please.