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  • etznab@aol.com
    I just read about that myself in one of the science magazines. So it seems that forgetting false information, once instilled, is not always easy. That was my
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      I just read about that myself in one of the science magazines. So it
      seems that forgetting false information, once instilled, is not always
      easy. That was my impression.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: prometheus_973 <prometheus_973@...>
      To: EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous
      <EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 2:17 pm
      Subject: [EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous] Why ECKists Hold Onto False Facts:

       
      Look at the false facts about
      the Birth of the Mahanta. Was
      Twitchell lying or is Klemp?

      *****
      "Lingering Lies: The Persistent Influence of Misinformation

      The brain holds on to false facts,
      even after they have been retracted
      By Valerie Ross | July 18, 2011 |


      After people realize the facts have
      been fudged, they do their best to
      set the record straight: judges tell
      juries to forget misleading testimony;
      newspapers publish errata. But even
      explicit warnings to ignore misinformation
      cannot erase the damage done,
      according to a new study from the
      University of Western Australia.

      Psychologists asked college students
      to read an account of an accident
      involving a busload of elderly passengers.
      The students were then told that,
      actually, those on the bus were
      not elderly. For some students, the
      information ended there. Others
      were told the bus had in fact been
      transporting a college hockey team.
      And still others were warned about
      what psychologists call the continued
      influence of misinformation—that
      people tend to have a hard time
      ignoring what they first heard, even
      if they know it is wrong—and that
      they should be extra vigilant about
      getting the story straight.

      Students who had been warned
      about misinformation or given
      the alternative story were less
      likely than control subjects to
      make inferences using the old
      information later—but they still
      erred sometimes, agreeing with
      statements such as "the passengers
      found it difficult to exit the bus
      because they were frail."

      This result shows that "even if
      you understand, remember and
      believe the retractions, this
      misinformation will still affect
      your inferences," says Western
      Australia psychologist Ullrich Ecker,
      an author of the study. Our memory
      is constantly connecting new facts
      to old and tying different aspects
      of a situation together, so that
      we may still unconsciously draw
      on facts we know to be wrong
      to make decisions later. "Memory
      has evolved to be both stable
      and flexible," Ecker says, "but
      that also has a downside."

      Prometheus: Therefore, this
      shows how difficult it is to
      reason with Eckists because
      they have become so ingrained
      and confused with misinformation
      over the decades. Belief is, now,
      all they have and their imaginations
      reenforce this in a never ending
      cycle of illusion.
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