Word of the day: Fact-Resistant

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adj. Impervious to reason, counterexamples, or data, especially when they contradict one’s opinions or values.


2015: While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the auditory nerve to the brain.
—Andy Borowitz, “Scientists: Earth Endangered By New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans,” The New Yorker, May 12, 2015
2014: According to the fact-resistant former secretary of defense and CIA director, Iraq and Syria today would be flourishing in peace and stability and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) would have been stillborn if only the United States had intervened more forcefully with military might.
—Bruce Fein, “Leon Panetta’s foreign policy hallucinations,” The Washington Times, October 7, 2014
2013: Sadly, the don’t-budge-an-inch absolutists are painfully fact-resistant. When, in an earlier column, I cited the common figure of 30,000 gun deaths in this country per year, an angry caller left me an enraged message.
—Jacquielynn Floyd, “Collin County sheriff’s grandstanding in gun debate isn’t helpful,” The Dallas Morning News, January 22, 2013
1994: It needs to be said, however, that one of the signs that our mental pictures of violence are often not based on demonstrable fact, but on fact-resistant faith, is the unreasoning reaction to arguments that question those images.
—Brian Lee Crowley, The Road to Equity, Stoddard, January 1, 1994

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  1. DeDude commented on Sep 23

    I once got a reply from someone after saying that ”those are just the facts”. She said: “whose facts”?. My initial reaction was to laugh and explain that there are only one set of universal facts. But later it dawned on me that if you are not capable of rational “sorting” of the streams of words originating from all kinds of people, you may not be able to identify what is a fact and what is BS.

    • DeDude commented on Sep 23

      Yes religious liberty back but not so much that a Muslim can become President. I guess some religions are more equal than others. Whenever I hear someone talk about getting prayer into the schools I always say: “yes every Friday those kids should get down on their knees, turn towards Mecca and pray”.

  2. jbegan commented on Sep 23

    Although it’s nice to have a new term that the Oxford Dictionary will probably have to contend with, this is really just a rehash of the cognitive bias “confirmation bias”. Also called myside bias, it’s the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms one’s beliefs or hypotheses while giving disproportionately less attention to information that contradicts it.

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