From this article, comes this quote:
Rarely do any of us sit down before a table of facts, weigh them pro and con, and choose the most logical and rational explanation, regardless of what we previously believed. Most of us, most of the time, come to our beliefs for a variety of reasons having little to do with empirical evidence and logical reasoning.
What's interesting to me is that this applies to far more than the pseudo-science babbling out there. I'm also thinking about people's views on politics and the media. Allegedly, when Clarke was on 60 Minutes, criticizing the administration's handling of terrorism prior to 9/11, there were apparently many people calling in and demanding to know why 60 Minutes wasn't being "Fair and Balanced like Fox News." That Fox News offers incredibly blatant yellow journalism isn't what bothers me. It's the people who so blindly swallow it without doing even a minimal digging for the truth. How terribly sad for them.