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Why You Believe Everything You Read
Have you ever read a misleading headline or an outrageous rumor and mistaken it to be true? Even the most cynical people have a psychological tendency to believe everything they read at first, says Jeremy Dean of PsyBlog.
Why? Because to understand something is to believe it. At least initially....
"Believing is not a two-stage process involving first understanding then believing," writes Dean. "Instead understanding is believing, a fraction of a second after reading it, you believe it until some other critical faculty kicks in to change your mind."
The next time you read something that sounds a little outlandish, take time to absorb it and then question the material.
Truer words were never said!
Originally posted by kiwifoot
If there was ever an article that needed to be posted on ATS, this is it!!
We've all been duped at some point, fallen prey to BS or just wanted to beleive so much we didn't really think it through.
"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."