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Julie Beck, The Atlantic, March 13, 2017: This Article Won’t Change Your Mind
"The facts on why facts alone can’t fight false beliefs"
Julie Beck delves into a subject we have discussed many times in this website. She covers the views of many accomplished cognitive scientists on why we believe what we want to believe. From cognitive dissonance to motivated reasoning to willful ignorance to lies to false knowledge to fake news to group think to tribal identities, she addresses the problems and roots of our polarization, and why it will be so difficult to extricate ourselves from our tribal identities. I'll extract one short paragraph:
"So much of how people view the world has nothing to do with facts. That doesn’t mean truth is doomed, or even that people can’t change their minds. But what all this does seem to suggest is that, no matter how strong the evidence is, there’s little chance of it changing someone’s mind if they really don’t want to believe what it says. They have to change their own."
As much as the media has written about Donald Trump and his seemingly incompetence, some 88 percent of Republicans still support him. And when push comes to shove, Trumpcare in some form will pass Congress...unless people start changing their views on how Trumpcare might personally affect their own lives.
I watched the Chris Hayes/Bernie Sanders Town Hall last night from a rural county in West Virginia. I think that it had some effect on the Trump supporters in the audience...they are starting to think critically. It's a start.