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The Truth About Denial: Bias and Self-Deception in Science, Politics, and Religion

Adrian Bardon

Abstract

It is a striking—yet all too familiar—fact about human beings that our belief-forming processes can be so distorted by fears, desires, and prejudices that an otherwise sensible person may sincerely uphold false claims about the world in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. When we describe someone as being “in denial,” we mean that he or she is personally, emotionally threatened by some situation—and consequently has failed to assess the situation properly according to the evidence. People in denial engage in motivated reasoning about their situation: They (sincerely) argue and i ... More

Keywords: denial, ideology, emotion, belief, social psychology, science, climate, politics, economics, religion, communication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190062262
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190062262.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrian Bardon, author
Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University

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