Why do some people stubbornly adhere to fake news stories despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary? Evolutionary history may provide some clues, writes psychology writer Julie Beck in The Atlantic. Because the survival of early humans depended on their ability to cooperate and foster strong social ties, people’s tendency to hold on to their tribes' beliefs at all costs may well have been an adaptive trait. Nevertheless, Beck cautions that Stone Age genes shouldn’t deter people from defending the truth. getAbstract recommends Beck’s article to media professionals and all those who value and seek the truth.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why facts often don’t change people’s minds,
- Why ignoring the truth and adhering to deeply held convictions may have been an adaptive trait for early humans, and
- What the arguments about fake news stories really represent.
About the Author
Julie Beck is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where she covers health and psychology.