Re: Use of science/facts in decision making
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 11:06:20 -0800 (PST)
*This* is really helpful information.

(The Rev.) Elizabeth M. Magill

> On Dec 31, 2016, at 1:53 PM, Mary Baker, Solid Communications <mary [at] 
>> wrote:
> I have encountered that kind of attitude as well. To me, it smacks of 
> emotional elitism. It certainly shuts down any embrace of diversity in 
> communication and cognitive styles. 
> But what I have also discovered is that if you make the facts available, 
> people will generally consider them quietly, in their own time, and slowly 
> assimilate them into their “feelings” on an issue. This is another reason it 
> is useful to have some brakes on the decision-making process, particularly 
> for emotionally charged topics. Emotional thinkers also do not like to be 
> suddenly “confronted” with facts and you do yourself no social favors by 
> being the messenger IRL. It’s useful to have a neutral place to post facts 
> and studies, like a document archive on your cohousing internal website, or 
> on a discussion board, where you can simply say, “I’ll just leave this here 
> if you’re interested.”
> Mary B.
> From: Mary English 
> Sent: Friday, December 30, 2016 10:09 PM
> To: cohousing-l [at] 
> Subject: [C-L]_ Use of science/facts in decision making
> At Wasatch Cohousing we had a proposal being discussed and the facilitator  
> said " no we are not going to pay any attention to the scientific data. This 
> will be decided only by peoples feelings"
> And I have found that people do not necessarily want to made decisions based 
> on research or data here,, which has been frustrating to me.  Mary
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