“To think independently of other human beings is impossible, and if it were possible it would be undesirable. Thinking is necessarily, thoroughly, and wonderfully social. Everything you think is a response to what someone else has thought and said.”
…on of weapons of mass destruction, despite an absence of sufficient evidence to support this claim. People are detained on Manus Island and Nauru based on the belief that doing so will stop people smugglers, and prevent deaths at sea — this continues, supported by both major parties, despite statistical evidence suggesting that this is not the case. Belief is a powerful thing.
…or maybe because those watching at home had never watched, or didn’t remember another inauguration. The point is that the belief that the crowd at Trump’s inauguration was the biggest in history may be a rational one, informed by a certain amount of evidence. If someone holds this belief based on information they gathered with their own senses, then of course it seems factually correct. And so Sean Spicer does, in fact, offer alternative facts.