Learning to consider prior prejudice

Together, all of these studies support the theory of “motivated reasoning”: The idea that our prior beliefs, commitments, and emotions drive our responses to new information, such that when we are faced with facts that deeply challenge these commitments, we fight back against them to defend our identities. So next time you feel the urge to argue back against some idiot on the internet … pause, take a deep breath, and realize not only that arguing might not do any good, but that in fact, it might very well backfire.

From the unfortunately titled yet both provocative and intriguing “Here are 5 examples of facts making people dumber” article on Grist.

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