It got me to thinking who these three types of people are. I think the “Awesome” people are your general liberally minded people. I don’t mean “liberal” in a political sense. I just saw that 60% of Republicans are in favor of raising the minimum wage. (Fewer are for adjusting it to inflation.) So there are a fair number of reasonable people who consider themselves conservative even though they are, as I said, “Liberally minded.”
The “Dangerous” types are really quite common. I once had this insurance broker who told me that he had no misconceptions. The world was neatly divided into what he knew was true and what he didn’t know. He was, of course, a Republican. This kind of certainty is entirely typical of conservatives. It is similar to the Dunning–Kruger effect where people who have little skill in something overestimate their abilities while people with much skill underestimate. But in this case, it is that people who are most certain of something tend to be the least right. And on a larger level, people who are most certain about a lot are least knowledgeable about everything. You know, a conservative!
But what about that “Run” group: are there really people like that outside of a mental ward? I think there are: Christian conservatives. These are the people who really skew things. These are the people who dragged a once great political party into its current state where science and even facts are nothing but opinion. These are the people for whom Stephen Colbert coined the term “truthiness.” The “Dangerous” crowd can still be convinced of things. They at least admit that there are more things in heaven and earth than exist in their perfect truth bubble.
The “Run” group have all the truth that is necessary and that truth is Jesus! Or at least the Jesus that they’ve been taught. You know, the God who loves the sinner but hates the sin, but couldn’t be bothered to make man without Original Sin? That guy! The one who loves you but will consign you to the fires of hell. To suffer in agony. Forever. Because you masturbated or somehow otherwise offended him by doing something he designed you to do. That’s the “Run” group!
In my experience, the “Run” group divides up their ultimate truth three ways: one part “Jesus loves me!” and one part “God hates abortion!” and one part “God hates non-productive ejaculation!” So you see, the graph is wrong. It isn’t that the “Run” types have beliefs that expand to fit the big universe; they have just reduced the truth to just about the most pathetic set of things imaginable.
It is a good idea to run from them. Unfortunately, here in the United States, they are everywhere. I’d say they are 20% of the population. But I’ll admit, that number is very possible outside the truth bubble.