Ralph Melton (ralphmelton) wrote,
Ralph Melton

Adding Facts Can Make People Wronger

I read this article today: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/07/11/how_facts_backfire/
One-sentence summary: research shows that in a whole lot of cases, presenting people who have wrong beliefs with contradictory facts actually intensifies those wrong beliefs.

Thinking about this just frustrates me no end. I assume that I am vulnerable to this error. Yet I believe wholeheartedly in the idea that gathering facts and understanding is a key to making good decisions. How do I guard against this pattern of error in myself? How can I expect anyone else to guard against it?
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