The Travelin' Librarian Management Why Facts Don’t Seem to Matter to So Many

Why Facts Don’t Seem to Matter to So Many



Just this week I’ve come across one article and one blog post on this topic. Both are definitely worth a read/listen.

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds by James Clear 

The economist J.K. Galbraith once wrote, “Faced with a choice between changing one’s mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy with the proof.”

Leo Tolstoy was even bolder: “The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.”

What’s going on here? Why don’t facts change our minds? And why would someone continue to believe a false or inaccurate idea anyway? How do such behaviors serve us?

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