We all deal with new information by using a mental mechanism called Confirmation Bias. That means people tend to listen, focus on, and remember that which confirms their beliefs and they tend to ignore and forget what does not.
We want new information to confirm what we already think or believe or else we face the internal conflict of being wrong. None of us want to be wrong. The longer we have held a belief the more we use Confirmation Bias.
However, the greatest discoveries and invention were made by individuals who were willing to be stupid. They turned off their selective thinking long enough to receive new information that allowed them to think differently about a problem. It was once believed that man could never fly. The Wright brothers were stupid enough to learn that we can.
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