Quote for the Day – We Need to Face the Fact that People Don’t Face Facts

Facts don’t necessarily have the power to change minds. In fact, quite the opposite…when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in news stories, they rarely change their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Fact…were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger.”

~Joe Keohane, “How Facts Backfire”, quoted in Peter Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists

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One response to “Quote for the Day – We Need to Face the Fact that People Don’t Face Facts

  1. It’s a case of one saying “don’t confuse me with the facts”. : )

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