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veritas1 July 1st, 2013 5:25pm

Michigan University studies found that when misinformed people were given facts, rarely did they change their view in light of the reality, and many even became more fervent in their beliefs. Have you seen this phenomenon in yourself or in others?

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OhTheIrony Learning from you
07/01/13 10:34 am

It happens to everyone.

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meaning Red Stick
07/01/13 10:30 am

I present exhibit A) the 2012 elections.

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suppressedID IMEACH BIDEN
07/01/13 10:52 am

This poll is indicative of typical liberal elitism, trying to undermine productive discussion by muddying the waters with academic hype (and research probably funded with grant money for the Arts)!

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Shazam Scaramouche, OH
07/01/13 10:41 am

I do not trust ANYTHING coming out of "that school up north!" ;-)

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MrLove lovers, dreamers and me
07/01/13 11:00 am

Quit telling me what to do!

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Shazam Scaramouche, OH
07/01/13 10:52 am

For any interested, this points to an established theory in Psych called Social Judgement Theory. Wiki Link below. The text "Persuasion" does an amazing job of explaining how this works. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_judgment_theory

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OhTheIrony Learning from you
07/01/13 10:26 am

People don't like being told they're wrong. It's sad. :(

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veritas1 Panda
07/01/13 10:31 am

They would say the same about Democrats.

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
07/01/13 10:32 am

One lady was very angry at her daughter for being a lesbian. I talked her for a while. Pointed out that it was not a choice. That if sinners were not allowed to marry then no one should have the right to marry. She completely changed her views.

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Mattiga14 Massachusetts
07/01/13 10:33 am

Scientific theory is different than a layman's theory.

If it were a layman's theory it would be a hypothesis.

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PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
07/01/13 10:39 am

The truth is in many cases facts aren't as black and white as we think they are. How you perceive it matters quite a bit.

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Medic1 Arkansas
07/01/13 11:42 am

The less logic you have to support your argument the more emotional attachment you have to it

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XercesBlue ...
07/01/13 10:54 am

Try telling people that blood is never blue. (Politely, and with facts.)

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jimiscott Survivor
07/01/13 1:45 pm

Don't forget CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC.

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r3VOLution not of this world
07/01/13 10:30 am

Refer to my poll about drug testing for welfare. It costs taxpayers more money to do drug testing than it does to write welfare checks. I displayed that fact in the question and the majority is still in favor of spending money on tests.

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Vincere Seattle
07/01/13 2:57 pm

That's how humans operate. Form an opinion first then seek out facts to back it up. Confirmation bias.

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rolltribe Ohio
07/01/13 10:30 am

It happens to republicans all the time lol

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DrReid Ever present.
07/01/13 2:24 pm

Evolution, Climate Change, GMO's, Nuclear Power, Obama's fiscal policies, Obama's citizenship, etc...

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MrLove lovers, dreamers and me
07/01/13 10:36 am

You can't tell somebody something that they don't already know. I'm guilty of it too.

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eLucidate writing
07/01/13 10:40 am

Just like gravity is still a theory.

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zman117 Ohio
07/01/13 4:50 pm

I actually have a few times. You have to be prepared to do that though lol. You get swarmed by a bunch of crazies faster then you can even reply. I need back up if I'm going to do it again....

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EarlyBird Portland
07/01/13 3:50 pm

Oh wow! That second comment wasn't supposed to go there. That was weird

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redwolf thisisavalidlocation
07/01/13 10:48 am

Right, it's a scientific theory, which means it has a lot of scientific backing. Nevertheless, it still is not a fact. That's what the first commenter was saying.

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Angela12 Anyang, South Korea
07/01/13 11:15 am

If people feel defeated they get defensive, not a surprise at all.

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eLucidate writing
07/01/13 10:52 am

Well saying evolution is still a theory implies it is waiting to become something else. It isn't. Theory is a large concept that explains a range of phenomena. The theory of evolution will always be called a theory.

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rk1222 Gone so soon
07/01/13 11:20 am

Then explain it to "them", you have no quarrel with me. Though I am religious, I personally think that evolution makes since and that science and religion make sense together. In fact it aggravates me when people deny science.

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Melon No Ducklips
07/01/13 12:33 pm

I didn't know that! :-O

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zman117 Ohio
07/01/13 1:10 pm

No that's why I had the emoji that sticks it's tongue out.
Maybe I asked this before and just forget now, but when you say you are sorry for voting for Obama, are you talking about like in 08 you would rather have had Hillary? Or in 2012 Romney?

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Melon No Ducklips
07/01/13 12:35 pm

I don't believe logic always points to an obvious ending result. Not all people are logical but can still be factual. I think I may have just confused myself... ;-)

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geoag02 Dallas, TX
07/01/13 10:35 am

Tony even ran a poll once asking if you had ever changed your vote in the Obama approval poll. I think it was something like 80% no.

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XercesBlue ...
07/01/13 11:05 am

Yes ma'am/sir!

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billybobjoe Narnia
07/01/13 10:38 am

That's pretty much 99% of Internet debates.

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cyanospool The Deep North
07/01/13 11:41 am

Most misinformation is designed to be more seductive than the truth. It's like an addiction. Trying to re-inform the long-term misinformed is like trying to hand a heroin addict a cup of coffee in exchange for their sobriety. Not going to happen.

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eLucidate writing
07/01/13 11:06 am

You are doing a fine job of proving this poll. And yes we can witness evolution in bacteria and other organisms that have a high rate of reproduction. No there is nothing that could ever change it to a law, because it simply is not a law.

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shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
07/01/13 7:54 pm

Lets not mess things up with the facts

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PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
07/01/13 10:42 am

I don't think there's any denying that species evolve and change... I do think natural selection is far short of giving us a whole picture of why species change.

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cyanospool The Deep North
07/01/13 11:45 am

For the record, when I read this poll, I first thought of old wives'-tales and urban legends rather than political or religious stuff. Lol.

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EarlyBird Portland
07/01/13 3:47 pm

Z - do you ever go into the monthly Obama poll? It's scary in there and was wondering if you ever try to defend him. If so, I want to know so I can watch.

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PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
07/01/13 10:44 am

Gravity is still a theory but you can't deny it... Some flat out deny any evolution whatsoever.

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EarlyBird Portland
07/01/13 3:48 pm

Hey, do you ever try to defend O in the monthly Obama poll?

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eLucidate writing
07/01/13 10:46 am

I've definitely seen it. I wonder if the availability of Internet sources (credible and not) has had an effect on this phenomena one way or the other.

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EarlyBird Portland
07/01/13 12:58 pm

Z - you honestly think it's just me? This just proves vert's report to be true :-/

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redwolf thisisavalidlocation
07/01/13 10:46 am

That's because people don't want drug addicts getting welfare.

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zman117 Ohio
07/01/13 12:26 pm

It is always football season in the buckeye state!

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skacey best poll is evenly split
07/01/13 9:28 pm

It may be if you are color blind

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avril89lavigne RVa
07/01/13 7:11 pm

My WHOLE family...
My mom took an online quiz to show what party her views most closely represented. She is a Republican with no earthly idea about politics. She ended up much closer to being a liberal than a conservative. And boy was she mad! Haha!

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