A psychological perspective to the post-truth society.
- It has been scientifically proven that once formed, impressions are remarkably perseverant
- Stanford studies in the 1970s
- Confirmation bias not only leads people to dismiss evidence that is right in front of their eyes, it makes people hold on even more strongly to their beliefs.
- Humans are more critical of other people’s arguments, and are often blind to the flaws in their own arguments.
- People believe way more than they think they do — and this, coupled with confirmation bias when people see others with the same, baseless opinions, leads to them thinking that their baseless opinions are actually valid. (Scary)
Questions to ponder:
- What effects does a post-truth society have?
- Why has this problem only surfaced, or is more prominent today?
- What could have exacerbated the problem? Eg. News, Social media
- What then, can the media do to prevent this problem from worsening?
Posted by Tho Jia Yi