Why Fact-Checking Often Reinforces Myths

One of the most widely-held ideas in the popular consciousness is that a person’s access to correct facts determines their espousal of correct beliefs. In other words, we think we base what we think on the facts that are available to us. This is not true. We determine what we accept as fact based on what we already believe to be true. This is as true for the scientist as it is for the priest. We all have ideological pre-commitments that determine what facts we are willing to accept. And this Read more […]