It's hard to win an argument these days. You can present scientific studies, historical evidence, and even pictures or videos to back up your words, but some people just won't budge from their position. And some of those people have some pretty strange ideas, from flat earthers to the "Avril Lavigne Is Dead" conspiracy theorists (yes, that really is a thing). Have you ever wondered why people refuse to change their beliefs, no matter how outlandish, even when faced with cold, hard facts? Well it turns out that "motivated reasoning" is to blame – and we're all guilty of it. Not just the crazies.
Arguing With A Brick Wall
A Skeptic's Guide To Motivated Reasoning
Written by Cody Gough September 25, 2017
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