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Want to Make a Lie Seem True? Say It Again. And Again. And Again

YOU ONLY USE 10 percent of your brain. Eating carrots improves your eyesight. Vitamin C cures the common cold. Crime in the United States is at an all-time high. None of those things are true.

But the facts don’t actually matter: People repeat them so often that you believe them. Welcome to the “illusory truth effect,” a glitch in the human psyche that equates repetition with truth. Marketers and politicians are masters of manipulating this particular cognitive bias—which perhaps you have become more familiar with lately. Full Article

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  1. Nicholas Maietta

    Internet extortionists are nice people. Internet extortionists are nice people. Internet extortionists are nice people. Internet extortionists are nice people. Internet extortionists are nice people. Internet extortionists are nice people. Internet extortionists are nice people. Internet extortionists are nice people. Internet extortionists are nice people. Internet extortionists are nice people. Internet extortionists are nice people.

    Nope… in most cases, saying something over and over again does NOT make it true. A fact is still a fact.

    Fact: Internet extortionists are hurtful bullies.

  2. Ron

    So, is this just a way to “get political” on a non-political website? I saw no mention of sex offenders or sex offender statistics.
    This article should be stricken from this non-political website.
    If this article directly references sex offenders, then keep it. While there is a weak correlation to sex offenders, I think it more likely someone wanted to get political and siezed the opportunity.

    • Moderator

      We kindly thank you for letting us run this web site as we see fit. ***Moderator***

      • Ron

        You are correct. It is your website. In the words of Yule Brynner, “So let it be written
        So let it be done”.
        Just as with Hillary, the descent into meaninglessness has begun.

        • steve

          Ron this article is directly relevant to the “Sex offenders can never be cured” myth and the many other statements repeated over and over again that are false about us.

          • Ron

            That is the tangential correlation that I referenced. I sure sure everyone understood that correlation. But to post such a politically charged article when there is rioting and protests. It could be lighting a match to a fire that won’t be exhausted. I am thankful for this website but I disagree fervently that this posting was more than a swipe at presidential politics. However, out of respect for this website and those who run it, I will not continue with my rant. I have expressed my belief and I thank you for publishing them.

            • steve

              It’s almost laughable ANYONE would think the people that run this site want to make a political statement in this forum…The posters though…

    • No politics

      Wow, this is a non-political website? I thought that just about every issue Registered Citizens are dealing with was because of Local, State and Federal politics.

    • Nicholas Maietta

      I didn’t get into politics until my constitutionally protected guarantees were being systematically removed one by one from me.

      Registered citizens must learn to understand how politics works and pick a side to fight back. That’s just how our damned system works.

      • Timmr

        Very true, Nicholas. I think the average registrant knows ten times more about the law and the politics behind making laws, than the average US citizen, because we have been beaten over the head with the politics over and over again. Eventually, you get to know well and in great detail the weapon and the wielder of the weapon against you. Eventually you learn how to disarm the aggressor, and that can be done through reverse politics, redirecting the overly confident motions of the aggressor to be his undoing.

  3. Timmr

    Does saying that repeating something over and over again makes it true, over and over again make it true? I’ve heard this claim several times and I just don’t believe it a law of human nature. There is plenty of facts everywhere, spoken quite often, and people ignore them and believe what they want to believe — until the truth hurts. They tune out anything that doesn’t sound right and turn on what they want to hear. Once they have a friend or themselves get labeled a sex offender, suddenly frightening and high becomes unremarkable and almost never.

    • DPH

      I think Timmr is on the right directional track, guys, guys, guys, the article was given to us here to look at deeper and how it affects our lives and it’s effects. Don’t you think that people are told about RC’s political or not, and over decades they think RC’s are little satans or the bottom feeder of the x con’s running around lurking around dark corners burglarizing their homes and searching out their daughters and sons to offend?

      They FORGET that alot of RC’s are in the families and NOT around the school grounds with a bag of candy to
      lure. Or to grab every woman to force sex upon or otherwise including totalling non contact RC’s into 1 lump sum.

      It’s what the general pop believe including liberals about how we beat out other life taking away felons to the bottom of the barrel and lower than they. Even kidnappers. I mean come on. Murder is more severe.

      THEY GET SECOND CHANCES and start life again, THEY aren’t on websites all over the states, right?

      Moderator has every right, this is their site FOR US. Come on. Think deeper guys, and gals.

  4. fedup

    Obama was great.
    Obama was great.
    Obama was great.

    Nope, repeating it doesn’t make it true

    • guest

      Nope, does not make it true, but also is not used as the sole basis for violating the constitutional rights of over 860,000 US citizens.

  5. Chris F

    Great article, and very appropriate to us.

    As a matter of fact, I wish everyone that can post comments on the source article should do so. It needs to be pointed out the Wired missed out on pointing out one of the biggest repeated falsehoods of the last century. That one about anyone committing a crime with any connection to something sexual (and sometimes not) is a future child molester and must be banished, homeless, and jobless for the rest of their lives.

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