conspiracy, theory, prophecy fails, Leon Festinger, backfire effect

The jury is still out on whether those who believe in conspiracy theories may be persuaded to change their beliefs.

conspiracy, theory, prophecy fails, Leon Festinger, backfire effect

According to a 2010 study, it's nearly impossible to persuade someone to change their mind after they believe in a conspiracy theory. Test subjects were given corrections after reading deceptive claims as part of the study. Reading the corrections was not only worthless, but it actually enhanced their conviction in the deceptive assertions, especially if they had already accepted them firmly. In his 1956 book When Prophecy Fails, Psychologist Leon Festinger described a kind of predecessor to the so-called "backfire effect," which tracked the beliefs of a UFO cult when the mothership failed to appear on the projected date. Instead of admitting their error, members made further forecasts, certain that one of

Related Facts
the great sphinx of giza, who built the great sphinx of giza, the great sphinx of giza facts, how ol

The Great Sphinx of Giza is technically not a sphinx.

Catnip, cat, food, pet

Can You Give Your Cat Too Much Catnip?

met gala, met gala facts, facts about met gala, met gala dresses, met gala designers,

Did you Know? How are designers paired with celebs?

insomnia, Chromosome, genome-wide examination, electrical sleep, brain, sleep, sleeplessness

Insomnia can be inherited.

cat, stubbs, mayor, alaska, talkeetna, legislative, elections, tourist

Isaac Newton invented the cat door


Beagles enjoy making noise

Jolly Roger, red flag, flags,  Joli Rogue, theorists, French

A Jolly Roger is the skull and crossbones flag that flies at the top of a pirate ship.

athena, athena goddess, about athena the greek goddess, greek gods, greek gods and goddesses, ancien

Perseus Took Medusa’s Head

Netherland, home birth, birth, child, mother

Home births are still popular in the Netherlands


Egypt Is Home To 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea can also be beneficial if you are unwell or have a cold.



The Swiss

The Swiss Wed Late

moonstone, energy, fortune, spiritual

Moonstone, the stone of peace

cambodia, cambodia facts, facts about cambodia

Did you Know? Insects are widely eaten throughout Cambodia

chia seed

Could help with weight loss


You possess more than you realize!

Custard Apple

Custard Apple Aids in Fighting Fatigue

candle, diamond, wuzongzhou, chemistry, professor, university, nanoparticles

The eureka diamond was discovered by a fifteen-year-old

matthewwood, riseskywalker, adamdriver, kyloren, triology, cruciallines, podcast

In his own closet, Adam Driver recorded his final words as Kylo Ren.

mongolia, facts about mongolia, mongolia facts, mongolians, mongolia vs china

Did you Know? Mongolia is big! But maybe not as big as you might think

Mehendi, mehndi, Henna, Henna flowers, mehndi benefits, mehndi health benefits, mehndi facts, mehndi

Did you Know? Mehndi Patterns in Hindus and Muslims differs

apples, coffee, apple facts, coffee facts,

Did you Know? Apples give you more energy than coffee.

ketchup facts, facts about ketchup

Did you Know? Ketchup Was Sold in the 1830s as Medicine

 Expensive Coffee

The Most Expensive Coffee in the World