In the News (from University at Buffalo): “Study Demonstrates How We Support Our False Beliefs” In a study published in the most recent issue of the journal Sociological Inquiry, sociologists from four major research institutions focused on one of the most curious aspects of the 2004 presidential election: the strength and resilience of the belief among many Americans that Saddam Hussein was linked to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The study team employed a technique called “challenge interviews” on a sample of voters who reported believing in a link between Saddam Hussein and the events of 9/11.
The researchers presented the available evidence of the link, along with the evidence that there was no link, and then pushed respondents to justify their opinion on the matter. For all but one respondent, the overwhelming evidence that there was no link made no impact on their arguments in support of the link.
My Comment: We have to go though many challenges and experiences in life in order to relinquish our previous false beliefs to which we are so accustomed. We also must stop believing in or not believing in facts, but accept them because they are facts, since belief plays no part!
In my dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah, I constantly face this problem of non-recognition. This is because it is uncomfortable for people to break stereotypes since acceptance of facts obligates people to action.
Therefore the breaking of life’s patterns is awaiting us and will give us the strength to rise above laziness and stereotypes and accept facts without believing in them, meaning not adjusting them to fit into our old belief patterns.
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