In the Case of the Dingo, We See Wishes Forming Beliefs

Theodore Dalrymple reviews the controversial case of the Australian dingo to demonstrate how our preconceived notions can interfere with our ability to reason with genuine intellectual honesty.

It is easier to adhere to preconceived ideas than to follow wherever the evidence may lead. Intellectual honesty is more often praised than practised, and more people read to confirm what they already think to be the case than read to expand their mental horizons.

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