Study: Religious fundamentalists more likely to believe fake news.

Just a quick one here, I came across this study and it made me laugh, and then feel extreme sorrow for my country.  Apparently, religious fundamentalists are more likely to accept fake news stories as true.  Link here for the article.

Basically, if you have developed a cognitive style that tends to believe in religious fundamentalism, you are gullible.  This should be no surprise to an atheist, as we have already turned up our eyebrows in disbelief of religious claims that are either ridiculous, demonstrably false, or both.  Those with a strong religious belief obviously don’t exercise that part of their cognitive processes.

I’m no scientist, and I haven’t really dived into the article, so I welcome any and all comments.  In Reason We Trust.

The Spartan Atheist

14 thoughts on “Study: Religious fundamentalists more likely to believe fake news.

  1. Trump and the GOP being voted into power is all the evidence one needs to see how true this is. Evangelicals are WHACKO!

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    1. Indeed. I talked to a Trumpaneer that told me Trump doesn’t lie. I proceeded to cite dozens of lies. He still maintained his stance.

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      1. It’s mind boggling. It’s like talking to a flat earth/young earth creationist. Reality simply has no connection to them.

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      2. I saw something the other day and wished I had copied it down. Something like:

        Trump supporters, you don’t have to worry about Trump having a heart attack, because he doesn’t have the required equipment.

        Same thing for him having an aneurysm…

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    2. It’s like talking to a flat earth/young earth creationist. Reality simply has no connection to them.

      Here’s an example that was linked over at Scottie’s. Trying to argue with committed Trumpanzees really is like trying to argue with religious fanatics. It’s essentially a cult.

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  2. Well, yes — a religious fundamentalist is by definition a person who believes fake news which is two thousand years old.

    As for modern fake news, I’ve always thought this. Once a person has compromised his analytical thinking ability for the sake of clinging to a belief which he wants to be true but which is unsupported by evidence, he’s obviously more susceptible to doing the same with other appealing concepts which are presented to him.

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  3. Learn to be skeptical. Always say no first until gathering all the information and checking sources. It is so easy to be duped in every discipline. Except religion, of course.

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  4. From my own experience writing satire, I concur with the conclusion….

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  5. Evangelicals and Fundamentalists and trump supporters are one in the same. They are some combination of racism, bigotry, fear, stupidity, laziness, low IQ, inability to use critical thinking, arrogant, just plain mean and truly have derangement brain syndrome.

    The masses have always been easily manipulated by the powers that be, whether it be religion or politics. But the stakes are very high this time on many fronts and this ludicrous 38% and more when it comes to religion, may very well be the final straw.

    If the US ends up like the Middle East with religious fanaticism in laws, authoritarian rule and hatred and fear of science, we will never recover just like they never did and probably never will.

    It so angers me, as it is so completely senseless and unnecessary, but you can’t fix stupid!

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    1. I don’t think or religious people it Trump supporters as having a low IQ, but it is definitely true that you can have a high IQ and still engage in poor thinking patterns.

      I agree with all the rest of your comment.

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      1. True…it just seems that way at times

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  6. That’s nothing. Look at all of the statists who still believe that the U.S. Constitution has authority.
    No Treason
    The Constitution of No Authority
    by Lysander Spooner

    The Constitution has no inherent authority or obligation. It has no authority or obligation at all, unless as a contract between man and man. And it does not so much as even purport to be a contract between persons now existing. It purports, at most, to be only a contract between persons living eighty years ago. [This essay was written in 1869.] And it can be supposed to have been a contract then only between persons who had already come to years of discretion, so as to be competent to make reasonable and obligatory contracts. Furthermore, we know, historically, that only a small portion even of the people then existing were consulted on the subject, or asked, or permitted to express either their consent or dissent in any formal manner. Those persons, if any, who did give their consent formally, are all dead now. Most of them have been dead forty, fifty, sixty, or seventy years. and the constitution, so far as it was their contract, died with them. They had no natural power or right to make it obligatory upon their children. It is not only plainly impossible, in the nature of things, that they could bind their posterity, but they did not even attempt to bind them. That is to say, the instrument does not purport to be an agreement between any body but “the people” THEN existing; nor does it, either expressly or impliedly, assert any right, power, or disposition, on their part, to bind anybody but themselves.


  7. If you have suppressed the ability to verify the contents of an ancient book, it not surprising you wouldn’t verify “fake news”

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