KB Snatch (l/r, 24kg)
“People tend to hold on to their beliefs even when it appears that they shouldn’t.”
It’s mind-numbing, tear-your-hair-out obtuseness?
…it’s Belief Perseverance.
And it’s part of the architecture of the mind. The frontal lobe gives us higher-order thinking and reasoning, while at the same time puts us in the fire of “cognitive biases.”
Belief Perseverance, a close relative to the biases:
Overconfidence: “…far more troubling are those cases in which people who have very little idea of what they are doing, nonetheless, exude confidence…those who lack competence simply lack the necessary knowledge and information that would necessary to know just how wrong they are (Erhlinger, Reading, & Kim, 2014).”
Confirmation Bias: let’s go to philosophy for this one
…”The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects and despises, or else by some distinction sets aside and rejects, in order that by this great and pernicious predetermination the authority of its former conclusions may remain inviolate” (Francis Bacon, 1620, from constitution.org, XLVI)
Of course, research on cognitive biases shows us evidence that the human mind easily falls prey to them.
When you observe human behavior that appears odd, irrational, such as…
…”how can people give their money to that business?”
…”how can people give their vote to that candidate?”