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41 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 15 August 2007 06:39PM

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Comment author: CarlShulman 16 August 2007 08:04:49PM 0 points [-]

"Unfortunately, my recollection of that study is weak. To the best of my memory, though, it was only a survey of people's blog/news reading habits combined with a test of dogmatism, not one where they actually instructed people in different groups to read more of fewer opposing arguments." One worry would be that ideological enthusiasm leads to greater interest in politics in general.

"Perhaps people tend to read low-quality opposing arguments only, for whatever reason" Blogs may link to arguments from the opposing side in order to mock them, selecting those which are most objectionable from the perspective of their ideological allies.