Friday, June 26, 2020

Normal Irrationality

I saw this in Parade, the Sunday newspaper supplement

By Marilyn vos Savant
January 5, 2020 – 5:00 AM

Is there a word for a person who does not accept facts that challenge his or her beliefs?

—Stephen Gibbs, Colton, California

Yes, and it’s “normal.” The great majority of people share this trait, especially: (1) those who were taught the beliefs by parents or teachers; and (2) those who want very much for their beliefs to be true, no matter what. The more these beliefs define your life, the more you will spin everything your way. Prime examples are politicians. Yet, in their defense, I feel confident they don’t realize it! To become a thinker instead of a believer, a fundamental step is to disassociate yourself from any political party.

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