Geoff's Quotable Quotes

Why We Believe Lies

"Our ability to think is the one survival tool we have. Science is applied thought.

"Without science, we're living in caves and eating cockroaches."

--Holly Lisle (2010)

"There's pretty good evidence that we generally don't truly want good information -- but rather information that confirms our prejudices.

"We may believe intellectually in the clash of opinions, but in practice we like to embed ourselves in the reassuring womb of an echo chamber."

--Nicholas D. Kristof
New York Times, March 18, 2009

"Lies are crafted to match the hopes and desires and the fears of the intended listener... truth, on the other hand, is what it is, neither what you want it to be, nor what you are afraid it will be.

"So that is why lies are always more believable than the truth."

--Geoffrey A. Landis (2011)