Of course you are right, of course I am wrong....or maybe that is simply a perception, based on intransigent beliefs. We will look at why beliefs result in deniers and why we lie to preserve our self-images, as well as to protect our beliefs against even compelling empirical data. We will explore the evidence that these cognitive phenomena are hardwired, heritable and have evolutionary origins. Join us, the questions and discussions will be provocative and sometimes illuminating!

Suggested Reading: Haight, J. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. New York: Vintage,2012.


Virginia O’Leary holds both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Wayne State University. Her academic career spanned four decades. She taught at Oakland University, Boston University, Harvard, Indiana State University and Auburn University. She is a frequent OLLI instructor.



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