How Political Ideology Can Skew Your Math Ability (Grist)

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When solving your times tables or anything mathematically beyond, you may want to begin by first setting aside your political views. Turns out your mathematic reasoning skills can become significantly skewed by politics. A study performed by Yale law professor Dan Kahan revealed that for “highly numerate liberals were even more susceptible to letting politics skew their reasoning than were those with less mathematical ability.”

This study reveals how a strongly ideological stance can lead us to jump to wrong conclusions if the numeral results don’t align our political views, adding to the plethora of evidence that shows how biased our reasoning can be when politics become involved. Read more about the study here. 

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