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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Why We Reject Facts & Embrace Conflict | RealClearScience

Why We Reject Facts & Embrace Conflict | RealClearScience

There is a growing body of research suggesting that when beliefs become tied to one’s sense of identity, they are not easily revised. Instead, when these axioms are threatened, people look for ways to outright dismiss inconvenient data. If this cannot be achieved by highlighting logical, methodological or factual errors, the typical response is to leave the empirical sphere altogetherand elevate the discussion into the moral and ideological domain, whose tenets are much more difficult to outright falsify (generally evoking whatever moral framework best suits one’s rhetorical needs).
I Don’t Want to Be Right 

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