Reckless disregard for the dueces
Now I want to order some magnet paper and rub it on everything in the house.
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With chairmaking, disaster is always around the corner. This stick chair was going together beautifully. One wrong tap on the arm and it snapped. Curly oak can be fragile. Luckily the arm glued back together nicely and I will attempt to assemble it again in the morning. Believe it or not, this is why I love making chairs.
This is like Best in Show meets American Choppers. Loved it.
Yay for continued studies.
But new research has mostly failed to replicate the backfire effect, suggesting that it may not be common, if it happens at all. For instance, Andrew Guess and Alexander Coppock recently published a paper describing three experiments where they tried and failed to elicit a backfire effect, even under conditions that would seem favorable to produce it. In a study of race and peoples’ views on the death penalty, Nyhan and his colleagues also found that backlash effects were small or nonexistent. I talked with Nyhan about this a while back.
Most researchers are bummed if their studies can’t be replicated, but Nyhan was happy. It’s good news, he said, because it suggests that fact-checking really can counteract false beliefs.
The fervor took hold in my pocket of Houston—quietly, at first, and then everywhere all at once.
On repeat forever