On the Persistence of Myths

This article from the Washington Post on the persistence of myths reports some of the most disturbing research about human psychology that I’ve ever heard of. The repetition of a statement makes it more likely that the hearer will believe it. That much is not surprising, but the result obtains even in the context of being told that the statement is false. The mind remembers the statement, but slowly forgets the context.

Insert your joke about the Axiom of Choice here.