Why Politcal Pundits are Really so Loud and Obnoxious

Today I’m giving everyone a real treat; I’m sending you all to my favorite science blogger, Ed Yong. I’m having trouble figuring out exactly when he started blogging, but it had to be around 2004 seeing as the first post entry is from around that time. After a while honing his craft, he was picked up by a professional science blogging site called – not surprisingly – scienceblogs.com.

A few years later – and a ton of practice with a ton of posts – he was recruited by Discover blogs, which might just be the holy grail of science blogs.

Anyways, I love Ed’s posts because they’re interesting, knowledgable, easy to read, entertaining, and – most of all – he knows a lot about the topics and is able to bring his own commentary and information from different sources. Hopefully after long enough of doing this myself (and actually devoting some time to editing and revision in the near future) my own posts might be of such high quality.

But enough hero worship. Here’s a link to an awesome post about research conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The study shows that when people aren’t quite so sure about their own beliefs, they defend them more vigorously than those with unshakable opinions. Not only does this allow them to convince themselves of their own opinion and shut out the opposition, it makes them really obnoxious.


About bigkingken

A science writer dedicated to proving that the Big Ten - or the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, if you will - is more than athletics.
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