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Changing minds is more complicated than simply exposing poor arguments

How do you react when someone politely but firmly tells you that you’re talking nonsense about something that’s important to you?

  • Sonia Sodha
  • The Guardian

Do you gracefully and immediately give way to their greater expertise?

Or do you double down?

Most of us are in the latter camp. Voicing our beliefs tends to solidify them.

We may like to think of ourselves as rational creatures, constantly assessing the world for new information that might change our minds, but this is not how our brains work.

Explaining to someone that their belief is flat-out wrong is not a…

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