10 Nov '11, 12am

Internet politics, myth-busting, part 2

Internet politics, myth-busting, part 2

On Natalie Pang’s study, it is simply a verification of the ‘backfire’ effect on human cognition. When given conflicting information, humans will tend to rationalize it away to fit their existing world view. Therefore, you see that those who already are ‘certain’ will maintain their position given whatever evidence. It is also their own cognitive failure in saying that they understand better – what they mean is that they have internalised (through processing of conflicting information) even stronger rationalizations of their certainty. This is why I feel that certainty itself is one of the greatest jokes played on humanity (I am personifying this for ‘dramatic’ effect, I know – another failure we humans are apt to make i.e. to always seek to assign cause and effect). Even science is never certain. The scientific method only posits a hypothesis that is not yet proven wrong....

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