Saturday, March 19, 2011

How Knowledge Changes Us

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"This blog isn’t really about politics, but sometimes I’ll veer into the psychology of politics. For example, when people hold high office they change a zillion different ways. They have power, with all the attendant corruptions. They become the center of every room they enter, with all the attendant narcissism. They also have inside information, and often leap to the conclusion that people who don’t have this information are simply not worth listening to.

I’ve asked two presidents and several former CIA directors if the top secret information they have access to gives them an entirely different picture of the world than the rest of us, who rely on the Times and other public media sources. The general answer I get is that the secret information gives you more granularity, but it doesn’t really change the basic way you see the world..."

http://brooks.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/14/knowledge-corrupts/