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Why We Should Choose Science over Beliefs

Ideology needs to give way

Liberals and conservatives are motivated reasoners, too, of course, and not all libertarians deny science, but all of us are subject to the psychological forces at play when it comes to choosing between facts and beliefs when they do not mesh. In the long run, it is better to understand the way the world really is rather than how we would like it to be.

This article was originally published with the title "When Science Doesn't Support Beliefs."

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