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Why do so many people refuse to look at information as a way to challenge or confirm their assumptions. This is especially prevalent among political junkies. Specific issues are seldom analyzed on their own merits, but rather in the context of an individual's established belief system.
Loverdreamerme Loverdreamerme 46-50, M 3 Answers Jun 22 in Politics

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It's because information can be interpreted many ways and if you seek to disprove your own opinions you'll quickly find you don't believe in much of anything.

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That's doesn't seem right to me. If you disprove your own opinion don't you find yourself believing in the truth. If you find your opinion is truly supported by new facts, doesn't that strengthen your belief.

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If you were talking about science then you might be right, there should be clear conclusions from any given information and if not there must be some other hypothesis. But if you require absolute proof before forming a reasonable conclusion then we would never have a weather forecast. And a subject like politics doesn't necessarily have any universal right answers, the more complicated the issue the more likely a particular statistic can be misleading. I'm not saying ignore all evidence of course, but you can ignore some doubt, particularly when there are multiple ways to look at things.

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Because people.

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Obfuscation : The politician's friend.

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