I have read numerous studies and surveys lately that paint humans - but especially Americans - as impervious to facts. Whether it’s the anti-vaccine crowd, creationists, climate change denialism, those holding certain political positions or just your run of the mill conspiracy theorists, studies show that no matter how persuasive and factual the prevailing opposing view is presented, most will just double down rather than change their belIefs.
I like to think that this forum would be much less dogmatic. Are there any success stories where factual discussion got any folks here to change their mind on a matter of scientific, political or social views?
If so, what did the trick? Was there an epiphany or just a gradual switch? Did it happen on these hallowed grounds? Bonus points for that!
I changed my views on homeschooling when presented by lots of studies that showed it did not negatively affect the social growth of most kids and they also were not unprepared for higher education or moving on in life. I used to think the practice would churn out kids lacking in education and social skills and it seems that stereotype is incorrect.
Anyone else have any similar stories?