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Why Facts Won't Help You Win Arguments

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Published on Oct 18, 2013

You'd think the most important thing you need to win an argument are good, solid supporting facts. But in the middle of heated debate, sometimes facts can work against you. Trace explains why and what you REALLY need to win a fight.

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The Backfire Effect: Why Facts Don't Win Arguments
http://bigthink.com/think-tank/the-ba...
"Let's say you're having an argument with a friend about oh, let's say, Obamacare, or even who the best quarterback in the NFL is."

Why Facts Don't Matter
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/col...
"In a perfect world, every conversation we have about childhood vaccines, GMOs, alternative medicine, and global warming would be based on a set of facts agreed on by a majority of scientists working in those spheres."

When Corrections Fail:
The persistence of political misperceptions
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~nyhan/nyhan...
"An extensive literature addresses citizen ignorance, but very little research focuses on
misperceptions. Can these false or unsubstantiated beliefs about politics be corrected?"

How facts backfire
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ide...
"It's one of the great assumptions underlying modern democracy that an informed citizenry is preferable to an uninformed one."

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Warp Time To Avoid Blame:
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TestTube Wild Card:
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Telling The Perfect Lie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OleMXf...
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