Why we stick to false beliefs: Feedback trumps hard evidence

From: Mr. Man-wai Chang (toylet...)

Why we stick to false beliefs: Feedback trumps hard evidence
Full story:
https://www.technology.org/2018/09/06/why-we-stick-to-false-beliefs-feedback-trumps-hard-evidence/

Ever wonder why flat earthers, birthers, climate change and Holocaust
deniers stick to their beliefs in the face of overwhelming evidence to
the contrary?

New findings from researchers at UC Berkeley suggest that feedback,
rather than hard evidence, boosts people’s sense of certainty when
learning new things or trying to tell right from wrong.

Developmental psychologists have found that people’s beliefs are more
likely to be reinforced by the positive or negative reactions they
receive in response to an opinion, task or interaction, than by logic,
reasoning and scientific data.

Their findings, published in the online issue of the journal Open Mind,
shed new light on how people handle information that challenges their
worldview, and how certain learning habits can limit one’s intellectual
horizons.

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