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Why don't facts change a person's opinion?


More than 30 years or research show that attempts to refute false information often backfire and lead people to hold on to their misperceptions even more strongly. Source: Christopher Graves, the Harvard Business Review (February 2015), Why do you suppose that is?

 

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    Jack Lee (jackclee lm) 16 months ago

    Sounds interesting. If the author is correct, we can never reach harmony and consensus... I am more optimistic. I think if we can show real results or progress, over time some will come around. Perhaps not all but enough to change the direction...


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    Tiana Dreymor (Vista15) 16 months ago

    Because.... what makes you think you're right, when I already know I'm right?

    I'm thinking back to times that I HAVE changed my opinion... one such time was in believing I got enough 'water' in my system by drinking coffee, milk, pop, booze, ect.


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    Kathleen Cochran 16 months ago

    "It practically takes an act of God... or at least a book... to open us up to the realization someone else's discovery might be correct." You said it. It's not even so much that we can't accept we might be wrong. OMG - someone else might be right!!


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    CeCe (Msamante) 16 months ago

    Well stated!

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    Kathleen Cochran 16 months ago

    I have members of my family who would have me on their prayer lists if they knew my views. It's why I keep them off FB and vent here on HP!


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    Kathleen Cochran 16 months ago

    This is an interesting take on the question. You make a good point, though some facts are as indisputable as gravity.


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    John Welford (The Indexer) 16 months ago

    However, it is worth considering whether one's beliefs are rational or irrational. A reasonable person will be swayed if they come to see that their beliefs make no sense.


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    Kathleen Cochran 16 months ago

    "limited personal experience" "take the trouble to investigate both sides: You said it!

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    Alan R Lancaster (alancaster149) 16 months ago

    It's how Hitler came to steer the Fatherland into the buffers.

    Laziness in politics always lets in the 'duffers'.


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    Alan R Lancaster (alancaster149) 16 months ago

    "Where ignorance is bliss..." Learning seems to be anathema to rule in many places. Keep 'em dumb, keep 'em down, keep 'em quiet!"


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    Alan R Lancaster (alancaster149) 16 months ago

    Welcome to the club, Dean. Tell me what I want to know, as long as I want to hear.

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    Paula (fpherj48) 16 months ago

    OMG!! I just said those VERY words yesterday! Honest! I called my son griping that I "can't change a light bulb" because the metal bottom broke from the glass & stayed in the socket"..My brat said," Why do I not have a problem believing you Mom

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    frumpleton 15 months ago

    I agree -- it is fear of the unknown


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    Kiss andTales 15 months ago

    Very true Karin !even in the subject of religion. It's many times about ones ego .that seems more important then to admit the truth when they hear it.

    But Jesus says we need adjust our thinking

    Be humble and learn.

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    Kathleen Cochran 16 months ago

    Au Fait: Thank you for this extensive contribution. I've got some Google-ing to do.


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    Alan R Lancaster (alancaster149) 16 months ago

    That's all right on a local level. On a national or international level we've got to leap the old 'familiarity' hurdle and start to think with our brains. There are too many countries who let their beliefs get in the way without us joining in.


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    Kathleen Cochran 16 months ago

    Wow - That's a debate I'd be interested in seeing. Thanks, Dianna.

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    Kathleen Cochran 16 months ago

    I've said many times here on HP that our country's major problem is that we have been so wrong, about so much, for so long, our biggest fear is that somebody else might actually be right about something.

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    Kathleen Cochran 15 months ago

    Thanks for sharing in this discussion. You made some good points.

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    Kathleen Cochran 16 months ago

    Good read. I recommend this hub to anyone interested in more on this subject. Thanks Virginia!

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 16 months ago

    lol I had to laugh because I recognize a couple of people in my own life who shall remain anonymous. You reason, explain, show them things - they argue til blue and then have an epiphany from Bob the bartender or whatever lol.


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    Kathleen Cochran 16 months ago

    Could you give examples of some of those crimes? Bill was exonerated after his impeachment, which is a charge not a verdict. And Hillary hasn't been convicted of anything that I'm aware of. But I'd be interested in hearing any you might list.


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    Kathleen Cochran 16 months ago

    This is a truly honest answer. Let me see if I'm hearing you: We only change our minds if they aren't already made up?


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    Kathleen Cochran 15 months ago

    "Everybody has a source that verifies their claim." So right. I think that is where verifiable facts are necessary. But folks find a way to negate even those sometimes.

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    Kathleen Cochran 15 months ago

    "Emotions don't make something true or not true." Amen!

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    Kathleen Cochran 16 months ago

    "I don't think the information is false for the people that believe it." Therein lies the problem. Men in Saudi Arabia were told the male determines the sex of a child. One commented he believed that was true in other countries. So was it a fact ?


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    Kathleen Cochran 16 months ago

    Translation: ممنون بابت کامنت خوبتون Thanks for the many nice comments. Afwan!


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