Belief Perseverance

Why do we form our opinion on something that we do not quite understand and sometimes even hold on to it in the face of evidence-based information that disproves it? Psychologists call this phenomenon “belief perseverance”, whereby a pre-established belief is maintained in the face of new evidence that contradicts and disconfirms the subjective belief Continue reading Belief Perseverance

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Price of telling the Truth: Galileo Galilei

Today, we live in the age of post-truth politics and journalism where blatant lies are shamelessly told and fake news circulates without being adequately challenged or deterred. Indeed, it is the rightful freedom of expression, however, it raises a critical question: Does one’s freedom of expression that disseminates lies and false information interfere, obstruct and hinder others’ right to know the truth? Continue reading Price of telling the Truth: Galileo Galilei

The Price of Telling the Truth: Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis

Telling the truth may not always be a good thing. In fact, if a newly discovered truth conflicts the status quo or a dominant belief of a time that legitimises a powerful institution, not only is the truth repudiated, often vehemently, but also the one that expresses the truth tends to be ostracised and silenced by the authority, like Galileo Galilei. The following story shows another example Continue reading The Price of Telling the Truth: Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis