Bush vs Mandela

Everyone reasons with a bias, even when they think they don't. Especially in political debates, both sides lend great weight to their side's positive arguments, while downplaying the negative ones.
It's hard to identify such a bias, but Dutch political science student Marloes Stammen nailed it when she queried a cross-section of the Dutch population with quotes, alternately attributed to George W. Bush or to Nelson Mandela. A clear bias showed up when respondents judged the same quotation negatively when Dubya "said it", positively for Mandela.
Think about this the next time you read a weblog advocating your political slant.

Posted by cronopio at 01:21 PM, April 18, 2006