“We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.”
(Some people are just better at this skill than others, one of which currently occupies the Oval Office with his finger playing with the Nuclear War Button.)
"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
(Now humanity is faced with perhaps the greatest scourge ever — weaponized propaganda.)
- George Orwell
For those who may have missed this article (I believe I saw it on Huff Post.), you may find a wee bit of solace … or not:
STEPHEN FRY EXPLAINS WHY SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE EVERYTHING DONALD TRUMP SAYS
“The incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence.”
Some supporters of President Donald Trump believe just about everything he says, even when he’s wrong. And Trump himself seems to have absolute confidence in his own beliefs ― again, even when he is demonstrably wrong.
But there is a psychology lesson that could help explain it, according to Cambridge University-educated actor Stephen Fry, who was voted the most intelligent person on TV in the United Kingdom.
For example, researchers found students who were least proficient often overestimated their own abilities.
“The skills they lacked were the same skills required to recognize their incompetence,” Fry said. “The incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence buoyed by something that feels to them like knowledge.”
That’s now known as the Dunning-Kruger effect.
In a new clip that Pindex put together, Fry also explains how Salience Bias and the power of repetition help shape views more than facts.
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance,” Fry says in the clip. “It is the illusion of knowledge."
MEDIA; 05/12/2017 05:05 am ET, By Ed Mazza