I heard a conversation on how our brains and opinions work with information two days ago on a great Omani radio program. This story from Oatmeal elaborates on this theme by focusing on the BACKFIRE EFFECT. (or Teflon Effect Teflon is used for things to bounce off, i.e. not to stick. )–kas
If you want to learn more about the backfire effect and other related behaviors (confirmation bias, deductive reasoning, etc), I highly recommend listening to the whole thing:
Podcast Part 1 – Podcast Part 2 – Podcast Part 3
I would also like to thank my wonderful girlfriend Theresea for calling my attention to the backfire effect in the first place. The past year has been rough for a lot of people, and she pointed me in a direction that could actually help people. Theresea: you’re amazing, I love you, thank you.
Other fun reading
USC Creativity and Brain institute
Roe v. Wade