Sunday in Outer Blogness: Hard Facts Edition!
Wow, everybody is talking about this new study that suggests that misinformed people rarely change their minds when presented with the facts — and often become even more attached to their beliefs. Why are former Mormons so interested in this topic? What’s the connection? Oh, yeah, this.
This whole topic makes me want to question so many fun facts! Like America’s popular Horatio Alger level-playing-field-where-everyone-can-win dream. (Strangely enough, the founding texts of Mormonism lean more Socialist.) Polygamy: dissimulation encouraging others to set the conversational agenda? How real is race? Was the Liahona just a compass? And what about those Jaredite Barges? Hate mail: good or bad? Apostates: everybody knows they’re miserable, right? Should we go back to the church and try to make it work? And what about the evidence that Jesus was never a skirt-wearing hippy? And I don’t even know how to describe this one, but good luck if you can make heads or tails of those facts.
(That wasn’t very good questioning, was it? I don’t think I linked to anything I really disagree with this time. Well, maybe we’ll get some enlightening discussion in the comments…)
Oh, well. Here’s the follow-up to the Mormons-and-gay-marriage in Argentina question. Oh, and the long-awaited men’s edition of Fascinating Womanhood is finally available! That should provide some interesting reading for the week…