Have you ever known anyone that just refuses to admit they’re wrong?
I have, many times. It doesn’t matter how many facts you present that person; the number of studies you site, or show that their arithmetic is a bit off, they just won’t admit they may be in error.
iI’s frustrating, isn’t it? It’s not necessarily subjects concerning science, but even social and economic areas as well. I know it’s probably not a good thing to do but I end up using sarcasm as mockery with these types of people.
I think that what I’ve run into is a belief system. Not unlike religion. Someone told them something, or maybe several people told them, and since they believe those people, because of the way they speak or the “facts” that are disseminated, it must be true.
Why am I mentioning this? Know of any so-called skeptics that are this way? People that refuse to listen to any other point of view other than theirs? Yep, I know you probably do know at least one. Maybe many.
When someone presents me with information that contradicts what I believe I already know and I find out that what I’ve thought as true isn’t, it’s fairly easy for me to change my mind and replace the old with the new. Of course I always research what I’m told, if it checks out though, well, good for me! I just learned something. I a better person.
Can we agree that all of us that claim to be skeptics start admitting that when we’re wrong to just say that? It doesn’t make us stupid to admit error, it makes us smarter.