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  • Do emotions really trump facts?
  • Do emotions really trump facts?
    Michael Vadon, Creative Commons (2015) ©
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Why do emotions trump facts?

If Faisal Islam, Ralph Keyes and the New York Times are to be believed, the Trump candidacy and the vote for Brexit show we've entered a post-truth era – a world where emotion and populism win out over facts and experts. But is it true? And do emotional appeals really trump facts and figures?

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If journalists like Faisal Islam, commentators such as Ralph Keyes, and news sources with the reputation of The New York Times are to be believed, we have entered the post-truth era. The rise of Donald Trump, they say, and the vote for Brexit, show we now live in a world where emotion and populism win out over facts and experts. It’s a place where public opinion and government policy will be shaped by those whose words provoke the most hysteria.

But is this true? Do appeals to emotion really trump the facts and figures of trained experts? And if ...

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