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Willed Ignorance

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Description: Refusing to change one’s mind or consider conflicting information based on a desire to maintain one's existing beliefs.

Logical Form:

I believe X.

You have evidence for Y.

I don’t want to see it because I don't want to stop believing in X.

Example #1:

I don’t want anything coming in the way of me and my beliefs; therefore, I will only socialize with people who share my beliefs.

Explanation: This is a common form of the fallacy -- excluding oneself from society as a whole to smaller subgroups where the same general opinions are shared.

Example #2:

I know what I know, and I refuse to debate!

Explanation: Refusing to “debate”, or consider other information is a refusal to reason.

Exception: There may be circumstances where ignorance is truly bliss and it is better to maintain a positive illusion than to be exposed to a hard truth that one is not psychologically prepared to accept.



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