Not understanding and you can see why

James Hrynyshyn illustrates why an inability to understand is likely to stand in his post What the climate campaign can tell us about health care (and vice versa). Consider his view of those who do not see things his way.

The irrational, anti-intellectual, conspiracy-mongering response of climate change denialists and pseudoskeptics have long puzzled me. I just don’t understand why so many people would choose to reject the expertise of those who have devoted their professional lives to the study of a subject that doesn’t lend itself to armchair quarterbacking.

… the opposition to public health insurance makes even less sense to me. I’ve found my Canadian-raised self explaining to true blue Americans why a single-payer public system ends up costing a country less and produces superior results (longer lifespans, healthier citizens, fewer dead newborn and mothers, etc.). For some reason they just can’t accept that private health insurance will always cost more because you have to add a profit margin to the bottom line.

It’s not brain surgery. It’s not rocket science. It’s not even high-school math. It’s axiomatic.

ACES, or Waxman-Markey, is the result of the same modern-America pathological fear of meddling with the status quo.

millions are uninsured and people are dying because insurance companies are spending fortunes on the salaries of employees whose sole job it is to find legal ways to deny coverage to deathly sick subscribers.

There are two items to note. One is the characterizations of those who disagree as denialists and pseudoskeptics. The other is the upgrading of measures with broad distribution to an axiomatic status.

It is entirely appropriate for an intelligent and well educated persons to be skeptical. Science does not stand on the authority of persons, especially those who call themselves scientists or claim expertise in some area. Instead, it is the ideas and conclusions and the support for them that is the source of authority. See C-P-R from the previous post.

The lesson for anyone is basic science. First is to understand one’s own bias and the impact it has on personal observation. The second is to be aware of the accuracy and precision of the measurements and observations one uses in forming conclusions in order to qualify those conclusions. It is the assumption that anyone who doesn’t see things that you do is an idiot (or worse) that is, perhaps, doing the most harm to those who advocate man caused global warming or socialistic medicine.

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