belief systems

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The science of why we don’t believe in science

Excellent article on the latest research on how we form (and hang onto) beliefs even in the presence of overwhelming objective evidence that they are wrong: http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/03/denial-science-chris-mooney The theory of motivated reasoning builds on a key insight of modern neuroscience (PDF): Reasoning is actually suffused with emotion (or what researchers often call “affect”). Not only … Continue reading