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Science > Why Do People Believe Stupid Stuff, Even When They're Confronted With the Truth?

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

The "backfire effect" helps explain how strange, ancient and kooky beliefs resist science, reason and reportage.

More here: http://www.alternet.org/story/151426/...


message 2: by Betsy (new)

Betsy I knew there was a good reason why I hate arguments.


message 3: by Ian (new)

Ian (ouisl) | 28 comments A good related article I just read is here: http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/...


message 4: by Jimmy (new)

Jimmy Some terrific articles on this thread. Thanks Ian and Donegal.


message 5: by Betsy (new)

Betsy Fascinating. Makes me wonder about my own objectivity or lack thereof.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Indeed. However, I think that knowing about these human tendencies is the first step toward avoiding them.


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