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What makes someone believe or reject information?

Discussion in 'Psychoacoustics: Science of How We Hear' started by RayDunzl, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. RayDunzl

    RayDunzl Major Contributor Central Scrutinizer

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    https://phys.org/news/2018-04-what-makes-someone-believe-or.html

    "The study used experiments where people viewed video clips of scientists speaking at conferences. One group of participants heard the recordings in clear high-quality audio, while the other group heard the same recordings with poor-quality audio.

    Participants were then asked to evaluate the researchers and their work. Those who listened to the poorer quality audio consistently evaluated the scientists as less intelligent and their research as less important."
     
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    Interesting, probably holds for video quality would be an assumption. How about physical attractiveness of the speaker?

    There is also this.
     
  3. RayDunzl

    RayDunzl Major Contributor Central Scrutinizer

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    I believe it.

    Both the audio and video quality were good.
     
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    It's a fact that a diesel car produces less CO2 per mile than a petrol car.
    To some people it's a fact that CO2 adversely affects the climate, and c.1997 this view became mainstream.
    The European Union used these facts to justify promoting diesel over petrol, with price incentives for drivers to change to diesel.
    It's a fact that diesel cars in the UK rocketed in popularity.
    However, it's a fact that diesel cars produce poisonous compounds and particulates. This fact was known at the time, but nice people ignored it, and only nasty people (probably fascists) mentioned it.
    It's a fact that diesel fumes are now linked to many early deaths and respiratory diseases in the cities of Britain.
    It's a fact that the UK's Chief Scientist now claims he made a mistake and that he was told untrue facts by the evil corporations.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environ...-cars-was-wrong-says-ex-chief-science-adviser

    In other words, only very naive people believe that 'facts' are the answer to anything at all. Facts are merely tiny selective slivers out of the 'information space' and can be used to say anything anyone likes. People who are sceptical of 'facts' may be a lot more sophisticated than the open minded, nice, non-tribal (yeah, as if) people who think that 'facts' can settle any argument.
     
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    Yes, how someone presents themselves, how well dressed they are, and how good of a speaker these are -- these are like sound quality and visual quality, too in making a better impression.
     
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    Yes, in complex matters we need subjective evaluation of facts at hand.
     
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    Good sound means that the scientists and their work boogies. Bad sound means that it doesn't.
     
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    Knowledge and understanding vs ignorance and indoctrination.

    Lurking is hard to do!

    o_O
     
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    Assumption...predisposition...bias
     
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    Government should also take advice from independent government labs. But politicians tend not to believe government scientists, as their advice is not consistent with their policy.
    Bureaucrats then hire consultants to tell them what they want to hear
     
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