Have you ever had a conversation where the interpretation of verifiable facts were vastly different? I recently had this experience with two highly intelligent, thoughtful, good people. But it was like we were on entirely different planets! The contrast was so stark, I could laugh out loud except our discussion centered on COVID and the “vaccines”, and thus lives and health depend greatly on what we all believe and the decisions we make. As discussed by James Corbett, our different interpretations of the facts depend greatly on our presuppositions. Focusing on the “facts” is not always persuasive because the underlying assumptions that drive our interpretation of those facts lead us to our conclusions. I am not sure how best to help others examine their own presuppositions…or even fully examine my own. It’s so much easier to see what they are for others than for ourselves. Have a listen to see how this plays out in the “pandemic”.
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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times. View more posts