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    "Why Fact Can't Compete With Belief"
    (excerpt from The Atlantic, and appearing in THE WEEK, 10/09/09):

    Why do people cling to an opinion even after they're presented with contradictory evidence? The easy answer, of course, is simply that people are irrational. But the way in which they're irrational is telling.

    In a new study, Social Science Researchers have found that people employ 'motivated reasoning' to fend off any evidence that their strongly held beliefs are wrong. Many people feel that they ARE their opinions, and hate to lose arguments. As Vince Lombardi once said "Every time you lose, you die a little."

    So when confronted with new, troubling information, ideologues selectively interpret the facts or use 'contorted logic' to make the conflicting evidence just go away.

    In the study, even when presented with compelling, factual data from a trusted source, many subjects still found ways to dismiss it. In fact, researchers found that exposing people to contradictory information actually intensified their existing beliefs, making them more rigid and entrenched...Needless to say, the findings do not offer much hope of changing anyone else's mind with facts or rational discussion.
     
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    Also known as "spinning"?
     
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    There are few laws of nature or man that are absolutes. Earth was the center of the universe. It came from a "trusted" source. Many truths were corrected by those who used their beliefs to forge ahead to a new truth.
     
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    This is why its pointless to argue one on one.

    You only debate issues in a group. You'll never convince the other guy, but if you lay out the truth you can sometimes convince the others in the room. People can, and will, disagree just to be disagreeable.
     
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    That explains the Obamabots and Bushbots. Thankfully, the Bushbots are no longer a concern. Unfortunately, the Obamabots are a HUGE problem and they have the power to do whatever they want.
     
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    And the sooner the birthers figure this out, the better off they will be....
     
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    The birthers? Their numbers are so small and insignificant, they aren't even on the radar. The Obamabots are the problem now. Two words: Liberal Fascism.
     
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    Two more words: Fear mongering.
     
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    Never let the facts get in the way of a good story
     
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    Hear hear! I used to think the fear mongering from the Bush camp was bad. The Obama camp does the same thing. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
     
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