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ever wonder why people cling to irrational beliefs?

September 3, 2009

Why do people continue to believe that Saddam Hussein was linked to 9/11? Thankfully, scientists have been working on the problem and have come up with an impressive name – “inferred justification” – for what we otherwise already knew: they take the conclusion as the premise and then go about searching for evidence. Speaking of which, see Rachel Maddow’s interview with Tom Ridge about the decision to invade Iraq.

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