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In World of Warcraft the archaeology trainer Harrison Jones (!) can be heard saying to his class:
Archaeology is the search for fact. Not truth. If it’s truth you’re looking for, Cuddy Nordlinger’s philosophy class is right down the hall.
Which, I now learn, is stolen from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
I would have to concur with that sentiment. It appears to be a hard wired cognitive deficiency that is ameliorated only to a lesser degree by recognizing our susceptibility and methodologies that protect us from ourselves.
Maybe they “can’t handle the truth” (as Jack Nicholson would say).
Of related interest: http://crystalstmarielewis.com/2014/11/22/we-all-own-a-small-portion-of-the-truth/
Most people want “blue pill truth” it seems; it’s true…