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Birther Motivated Reasoning and Belief Perseverance in Action

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyApr 26, 2011 3:34 PM


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This is an incredible video (source here). Michelangelo Signorile has a long conversation with a birther, presents all the facts, and then we all get to watch and listen as this person refuses to accept them, coming up with counterarguments (although not very well). A more sophisticated birther would do a lot better job at defending his or her preconceptions, and there are many of those out there. But what's remarkable is to observe motivated reasoning and self-defense of one's beliefs in action: I want to thank Jamie Vernon for finding this. You are all going to be hearing a lot more from him, by the way, as he'll be guest blogging here next month. More soon....

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