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The Most Important Article You'll Ever Read

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by smoking357, Jul 16, 2010.

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  1. smoking357

    smoking357 TS Member

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    The Most Important Article You

    Ever get into a discussion with someone who's wrong, and you give them all the facts that disprove their position, and they either:

    1. Reject the facts and persist with their disproven position;

    2. Forget what you've proven to them and reiterate their disproven position, some time later?

    Assuming that the person isn't an outright liar, scientists have discovered that people willingly believe wrong "facts" in order to make themselves feel better.

    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/07/11/how_facts_backfire/?page=full
     
  2. mixer

    mixer Well-Known Member

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    Easy hot link.

    Eric
     
  3. W.P.T.

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    Sounds like the Obama, Holder, and Axelrod show ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  4. BFJ201

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    http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxfacts/displayafact.cfm?Docid=200

    Looks like the facts are too much for the authors of the article too. Federal tax revenues did in fact climb (in both dollar amounts and percentage of GDP even with inflation adjustment) from 2003 to 2007 which would be be the height of the Bush Era tax cuts.

    James Allen
     
  5. pyrdek

    pyrdek Well-Known Member

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    There is a term that describes this mental state. When someone has a conflict beteween true facts and their beliefs, it is called Cognitive Dissonance. Click on the link below for one article about it. Then you can do more web research if you want more information on this condition.

    Just remember, it works both ways. Your strong beliefs on something could also be wrong and cause you tensions. It is just not always "The Other Guy's Wrong."

    COGNITIVE DISSONANCE
     
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