Why do people believe weird things?
- ISSN: 1740-9705
- DOI: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2005.00134.x
From claims that NASA faked the moon landings to creationist rejections of evolution, many people hold views that fl y in the face of evidence. By refusing to be swayed by hard facts, such people are clearly irrational-or are they?Robert Matthews argues that the frustration of scientists over the persistence of "irrational" beliefs highlights their own misconceptions about the process of inference.