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Why can’t Cardinal Pell’s media critics let go?

There’s a phenomenon in psychology called the “true believer syndrome”. The paradigm example is analysed in a 1956 psychology classic called When Prophecy Fails. A Chicago housewife predicted that the world was going to be inundated by a great flood before dawn on December 21, 1954. At midnight, though, a flying saucer would come to […]

Beware fact checkers — they may be playing for one of the teams

On November 7, 2020, the Sunday Express published an article by Patrick Basham, an American conservative, entitled: “Stalin said it’s not important who votes, but how they are counted.” The piece alleged “widespread ballot fraud” in the US Presidential election. The Express’s link to the piece now returns a 404 message — page missing — but a copy is still available on […]