21st March 2011

“When evidence conflicts with cherished beliefs, most people are happier to explain away even the most compelling data rather than abandon their beliefs.”

Richard Wiseman

5 Responses to “21st March 2011”

  1. secular_oz Says:

    Which explains why only some people are capable of rational thought.

  2. Jezebel Says:

    Rational thinking should be mandatory in primary school.

  3. Doubting Thomas Says:

    I dispute the words ” cherished” and “happier”. I suggest indoctrinated and afraid can fairly be substituted. These are not conducive to rational thought.

  4. RJ Says:

    to doubting tom………………….

    very well put

  5. CaptainZero Says:

    I agree with DT also. It’s very difficult to accept that something you believe is wrong. When people are indoctrinated, mental fences of fear and reward are being set up that for many are simply too difficult to scale. You can have a lot to lose when your entire family and community are tied together in a common delusion. So even if you harbor secret doubt, you pretend the fence doesn’t even exist. It never occurs to you to climb it to see what’s on the other side.