Joined: Feb. 2006
How interesting that, in the light of lack of progress in this thread, there is an interesting piece in Skeptical Inquirer entitled "'Why Won't They Admit They're Wrong' and Other Skeptics' Mysteries" by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. The bolded quote on the second page is as follows:
|Cognitive dissonance is hardwired, but how we choose to reduce it is not. Just as good drivers learn to correct for that blind spot in their rear vision, good thinkers can learn to correct for the blind spots in their reasoning.|
(SI, vol 31, No. 6, Nov/Dec 2007)
When finally FTK admitted that, all evidence aside, gut feeling is how she will resolve this (totally anti-scientific approach) it was clear that this was all for naught. I am beginning to see how important it is for science education to be improved in the US.