What you need all your Facebook Friends to read is this….all the way through


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

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/believe







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Inspiration

This comic was inspired by this three-part series on the backfire effect from the You Are Not So Smart Podcast.

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 1Podcast Part 2Podcast 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

Reddit – Change My View
Wikipedia’s list of common misconceptions

Sources

You Are Not So Smart
Website Podcast

USC Creativity and Brain institute
https://dornsife.usc.edu/bci/

Wooden teeth
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/6875436
http://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/the-man-the-myth/the-trouble-with-teeth/
http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/did-george-washington-have-wooden-teeth

Slave teeth
https://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/29/upshot/george-washingtons-weakness-his-teeth.html?_r=0
http://gwpapers.virginia.edu/george-washingtons…
http://www.snopes.com/george-washington-wooden-teeth/

Napoleon
https://books.google.com/books…
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/forget-napoleon-height-rules/

Thomas Crapper
http://www.snopes.com/business/names/crapper.asp
http://content.time.com/…

Houseflies
https://web.archive.org/…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Housefly#Life_cycle

Exploding in a vacuum
http://www.webcitation.org…
http://www.abc.net.au/science/…

Jesus’s birthday https://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/biblical…
ttp://www.livescience.com/42976-when-was-jesus-born.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_of_birth_of_Jesus

The Pledge of Allegiance
http://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bellamy
http://boingboing.net/2016/09/10/a-socialist-wrote-the-pledge-o.html

Roe v. Wade
http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/roe-v-wade-approved-by-republican-appointees/article_4fa2fb82-d738-5a11-95b6-650037c19451.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe_v._Wade#Supreme_Court_decision
http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h2603.html

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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