people prefer reassurance to research

“One of the biggest problems with the world today is that we have large groups of people who will accept whatever they hear on the grapevine, just because it suits their worldview—not because it is actually true or because they have evidence to support it. The really striking thing is that it would not take much effort to establish validity in most of these cases… but people prefer reassurance to research.” —Neil deGrasse Tyson

2 Replies to “people prefer reassurance to research”

  1. I wonder if it’s reassurance? Or is it cherry-picking? Folks accrue opinion and belief, wherever it may appear, to use as leverage. Aggression can be as tiny as it is persistent.

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