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So I was nearly through a longish post on this article in The Atlantic. The original article was about how when we start believing things ot because we believe they're true but because our identity requires it, it's almost impossible for other people to change our minds. (Exampe: if you're an evangelical Christian you're probably going to believe evolution is false, because this is what culturally is expected of that group; vocally questioning evolution is the epistemological equivalent of sticking a bumper sticker on your car, at some level. And my pointing out the scientific proof for evolution won't change your mind, because your belief was never about that.) Which I found fascinating as a philosopher, but what really got the mental juices churning was when my brain connected this to TJLC in the Sherlock fandom and the way same fans "believed" it, shared meta, and the like.

I'd pull a "not all TJLC-ers" -- I really thought we were headed toward canon Johnlock, not because I wanted to belong to some group (actually I find many of the more hardcore TJLCers pretty offputting if not worse), but because that was my honest assessment of the show. But the phenomenon is interesting, and I really like the philosophy and psychology this article is getting at as a way to understand that. Other things, too, of course, but as I am a fangirl...

Of course, then I hit a link in my toolbar and lost it. Grrr. Too worn out to fully reconstruct it - just go read the thing, and think about it -- so important and interesting in so many different contexts.

Also finally got the first few lines of the Florida fic down in a document. I have a rough idea of where I'm going and am loving the chance to write a Sherlock prequel with all the fun younger Sherlock that allows. We'll see, of course. Most days I'm just so exhausted, it's all I can do to fool around on Tumblr for an hour or so.

Now I'm off with the Kid to see Beauty and the Beast. Ciao!


Mar. 23rd, 2017 06:40 pm (UTC)
This doubling down in the face of conflicting evidence is a way of reducing the discomfort of dissonance, and is part of a set of behaviors known in the psychology literature as “motivated reasoning.”

Fabulous article, thanks for the link. I've seen this in action for much of my life. You can't change the fundamental beliefs of a person, those foundational blocks upon which their life structure is based. You can introduce any number of facts and it won't change a thing - rather like brain washing in the modern era. I've always likened it to "You can remove the person from Catholicism, but can't remove the Catholic from the person," which just about describes my DH to a tee. And of course that works for many other belief structures that push into the lives of people - organized and semi-organized both.

- Erulisse (one L)



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