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A very extensive scientific literature exists demonstrating that: (1) We believe what we want to believe, unless presented with overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and (2) Left to our own devices, we are more likely to seek support for our prior beliefs. For example: R. K. Bothwell and J. C. Brigham, “Selective Evaluation and Recall During the 1980 Reagan-Carter Debate,” Journal of Applied Social Psychology 13: 427–42 (1983); P. H. Ditto and D. F. Lopez, “Motivated Skepticism: Use of Differential Decision Criteria for Preferred and Nonpreferred Conclusions,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 63: 568–84 (1992); T. Gilovich, "How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life," (New York: Free Press, 1991); J. J. Koehler, “The Influence of Prior Beliefs on Scientific Judgments of Evidence Quality,” Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 56: 28–55 (1993); C. G. Lord, L. Ross, and M. R. Lepper, “Biased Assimilation and Attitude Polarization: The Effects of Prior Theories on Subsequently Considered Evidence,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 37: 2098–109 (1979); G. D. Munro et al., “Biased Assimilation of Sociopolitical Arguments: Evaluating the 1996 U.S. Presidential Debate,” Basic and Applied Social Psychology 24: 15–26 (2002); J. G. Payne et al., “Perceptions of the 1988 Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates,” American Behavioral Scientist 32: 425–35 (1989); T. Pyszczynski, J. Greenberg, and K. Holt, “Maintaining Consistency Between SelfServing Beliefs and Available Data: A Bias in Information Evaluation,” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 11: 179–90 (1985); L. Sigelman and C. K. Sigelman, “Judgments of the Carter-Reagan Debate: The Eyes of the Beholders,” Public Opinion Quarterly 48: 624–28 (1984); R. P. Vallone, L. Ross, and M. R. Lepper, “The Hostile Media Phenomenon: Biased Perception and Perceptions of Media Bias in Coverage of the Beirut Massacre,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 49: 577–85 (1985). Note: the references shown above are from the book - "Stumbling on Happiness" by Daniel Gilbert.