The problem these days is that people have different sources for their truth and ways of dismissing solid evidence.
- Some people may be completely sincere in their understanding of the facts but they are getting their facts from inaccurate or deceptive sources.
- Many people wrongly think that the anecdotal evidence that they have gathered through their life experience can be applied broadly. (ie. Everyone from Connorton that I have met has been mean, all people from Connorton must be mean)
- Many people think that the people and events that they see in the media are representative of those people and places, ignoring the fact that it is nearly always only exceptional people and events that are featured in the news. They see a few extremists from a group and assume that they represent the whole group.
- There is also "the few exceptions don't matter" rationalization for inaccurate beliefs. I.e. "Sure there are few exception but everyone else in Connorton is mean."
- There is also prejudice and conspiracy theories that color people's understanding of the truth such as those who will not believe any statistics from academics and/or government.
- And of course, religious beliefs are often favored over truths and realities that contradict those beliefs no matter how strong the evidence. Ie. "The devil created fossils to deceive people."