Hearts and Minds: does expert knowledge matter?

Hearts and Minds takes what could be a fascinating look at the use of experts in policy discussion. It features a form of deliberative polling experiment conducted in Omagh last week, that should make for refreshing viewing, particularly given how sectarianised attitudes to all manner of non constitutional policy issues have become.

  • susan

    Encouraging that after just one day of shared discussions and seminars on education the number of adults polled believing Protestants are “Open to Reason” increased from 36% to 52%, and likewise those finding Catholics “Open to Reason” rose from 40% to 55%.

    Perhaps the remaining 48% and 45% holdouts are reading too much Slugger.

  • Mick Fealty

    susan,

    You took the words right out of my mouth.

  • Mick Fealty

    Though I have to say that it’s not for the want of industry from our blogging team (as opposed to what happens below the fold).

  • susan

    Of course it isn’t, Mick! There’s still plenty of articulate, principled contributors “below the fold” too. A certain amount of static comes with the territory given where posters are (literally) coming from….the experiment in Omagh lasted one day — Slugger too is an experiment in “deliberative democracy,” and given the anonymous nature of the internet, it was bound to be a bit more…….exhausting.