How Facts Backfire -- Researchers discover a surprising threat to democracy: Our brains.

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    Oct 22, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    Funny. I think this applies to everything in life, not only politics.

    "Facts don’t necessarily have the power to change our minds. In fact, quite the opposite. In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in news stories, they rarely changed their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger."

    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/07/11/how_facts_backfire/
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    Oct 22, 2012 10:18 AM GMT
    I've been saying this for years: "People hear what they want to hear". Just look at the conversations and arguments on this forum. Nothing persuades anyone. People get frustrated and start yelling and insulting. Kinda like a sitcom. Will it ever change? My answer is: Will human nature ever change?
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    Oct 22, 2012 11:23 AM GMT
    The crazy old ex-member 'socalfitness' was an example of resistance to facts.

    He posted Birther theories and got himself thoroughly shamed with the facts.

    But it never made a difference. No evidence could change his mind.