We Believe What We Believe

So there!

In “The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science” author Chris Mooney quotes the celebrated Stanford University psychologist Leon Festinger,

“A man with a conviction is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point.”

Mooney also writes, “It would seem that expecting people to be convinced by the facts flies in the face of, you know, the facts.”

If it makes sense to us—for whatever reason that occurs, it just makes sense. And we are prone to disregard all evidence to the contrary. And sometimes we are encouraged to do so by “thought leaders.”

That’s why so much Foo Foo exists.

And that is unfortunate.

Or is that unfoo-tunate?

I explored this a bit – tapping into the wisdom of My Crowd – in…

Why Is the Research on Learning Styles Still Being Dismissed by Some Learning Leaders and Practitioners?

But then – the whole Wisdom of the Crowd thing has been disputed – see this here.

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