Willfully Blinkered: The Case of the Hyper-certain Mind

By James Aho

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, April 2012

The author argues that the beliefs of the willfully blind can often have the appearance of science. But contrary to science whose assertions are verifiable, the presuppositions of willful blindness are immune to the process of determining veracity. Observations can be amassed to "confirm" these assertions, but insofar as their adherents already know them to be true, they are beyond the reach of criticism.

Topic: Faith, Belief, Extremism

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.689

Page Number(s): 9--9

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Aho, James. Willfully Blinkered: The Case of the Hyper-certain Mind. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. April 2012: 9--9. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13918


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