Diss Information: Is There a Way to S...

Diss Information: Is There a Way to Stop Popular Falsehoods from Morphing into 'Facts'?

There are 2 comments on the Scientific American story from Oct 4, 2012, titled Diss Information: Is There a Way to Stop Popular Falsehoods from Morphing into 'Facts'?. In it, Scientific American reports that:

A recurring red herring in the current presidential campaign is the verity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

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#1 Oct 4, 2012
"Psychologists call this reaction belief perseverance: maintaining your original opinions in the face of overwhelming data that contradicts your beliefs. Everyone does it, but we are especially vulnerable when invalidated beliefs form a key part of how we narrate our lives. Researchers have found that stereotypes, religious faiths and even our self-concept are especially vulnerable to belief perseverance. A 2008 study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology found that people are more likely to continue believing incorrect information if it makes them look good (enhances self-image). For example, if an individual has become known in her community for purporting that vaccines cause autism, she might build her self-identity as someone who helps prevent autism by helping other parents avoid vaccination. Admitting that the original study linking autism to the MMR (measles–mumps–rubella) vaccine was ultimately deemed fraudulent would make her look bad (diminish her self-concept)."

At least we now know it has a name. r\Reaction Belief Perseverance: maintaining your original opinions in the face of overwhelming data that contradicts your beliefs.
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#3 Oct 4, 2012
Saying vaccines are safe and effective when they are neither is a great example. But simply its just dishonest and a con job to sell product.

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