10th April 2012

“The tendency to cling on to our beliefs, and even to strengthen them, in the face of disconfirming evidence is often a real and dangerous problem.”

Andrew Brown

7 Responses to “10th April 2012”

  1. Xhim Says:

    Very true. And the more a person invests himself in his belief system, the harder it is to change. According to Barna polls, the vast majority of professing Christians “converted” before their 18th birthdays.

  2. jhm Says:

    One interesting question this brings up is the difference between this effect in, say, the academe, where new ideas generally await a new generation, and religion (read: long standing tradition) wherein if a bias manages to last a few generations, it becomes immune to this churn.

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    What are the Barnar polls? And what is Jim talking about?

  4. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Spell check?

  5. Xhim Says:

    Barna is a pollster who specializes in polling religious, esp. Christian trends. He’s the source of info like, Christian divorce rates are statistically no different from the society at large.
    My comment is to confirm Brown’s: all of us at this site have invested ourselves in our own belief system, more than, say, a 15 year old has in his. The 15 year old is much more likely to change his views than us senior citizens who have been defending our beliefs for decades.

  6. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    The Associated Press 12/30/99 1:31 AM Eastern
    http://www.divorcereform.org/mel/rbaptisthigh.html

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Baptists have the highest divorce rate of any
    Christian denomination, and are more likely to get a divorce than
    atheists and agnostics, according to a national survey.

    The levels vary among non-Christian groups, Barna reported. Jews have a
    divorce rate of 30 percent, while atheists and agnostics have a
    relatively low rate of 21 percent, according to the survey.

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