On page 148, the stop and think box has a blurb from Michael Shermer and why people beleive weird things. The last bullet point says
“we tend to remember those instances that confirm our beliefs and to forget those that reject our beleifs.”
I’ve learned in my psychology course that this is a naturally occuring psychological phenomenom. Although everyone does this, I still find it frustrating. I feel its the main reason we are in Iraq. They were able to weed through and forget about all of the contradictory evidence for invading Iraq, and find the things they wanted to beleive. Thats why Rush Limbaugh has his audience and why The Daily show has its audience. They both tell people what they want to hear, and what they already beleive. Its very rare that anyone goes out and looks for information that contradicts their strongest beleifs.