We see it on social media all the time: facts don't change opinions - opinions seek the facts that confirm them.
And just because you're smart (we all are, right?) or well educated doesn't mean we're protected from our own biases. In fact factors like these may make them worse.
So how do we guard against suffocating under our own prejudices?
Curiosity, say researchers.
I'm forced in my job to examine perspectives from sources I usually don't agree with on matters I assume they will distort, but that's not the same as genuine curiosity. Having Fox News on my Twitter free doesn't count unless I examine each post as freshly as I can and without the automatic eye roll.
I'll give it a try and report back.
It is a mistake to think that you can somehow ‘correct’ people’s views on an issue by giving them more facts