what might motivate people to maintain beliefs in the face of contradictory evidence?

label Psychology
account_circle Unassigned
schedule 1 Day
account_balance_wallet $5

what might motivate people to maintain beliefs in the face of contradictory evidence?
Oct 22nd, 2015

Thank you for the opportunity to help you with your question!

What we call "contradictory evidence" assumes that it is absolute truth. This is often not the case. Often enough, it is simply evidence against an argument, which is very rarely going to persuade anyone to simply bail on their ideals.

There is an intellectual inertia to never abandon wholesale the ideals and traditions inherent to one's culture. In this way, people find it easier to incorporate contradictory evidence into their existing belief system. This creates a hybrid ideology. The best historical example is the Anglo Saxon acceptance of the Christ figure; a warrior culture did not abandon their own culture, but rather, they repurposed the Christ figure as a hero who endured suffering.

Please let me know if you need any clarification. I'm always happy to answer your questions.
Oct 22nd, 2015

Studypool's Notebank makes it easy to buy and sell old notes, study guides, reviews, etc.
Click to visit
The Notebank
...
Oct 22nd, 2015
...
Oct 22nd, 2015
Sep 23rd, 2017
check_circle
Mark as Final Answer
check_circle
Unmark as Final Answer
check_circle
Final Answer

Secure Information

Content will be erased after question is completed.

check_circle
Final Answer