Business Insider has the article There’s an intriguing sociological reason so many Americans are ignoring facts lately.
It’s a sociological issue we ought to care about a great deal right now. How are we to correct misinformation if the very act of informing some people causes them to redouble their dedication to believing things that are not true?
There is a technique that I have used when the conditions were favorable and I could think of a way to use it. Instead of trying to give people facts to counter their beliefs, sometimes it is good to just take them down a path of discovery where they can come to the realization of what the facts are.
It is not always easy to find a path of discovery that will work. One technique that has worked in business comes up when people tell you something cannot be done. I ask them to go through a thought exercise with me. I ask them to pretend that they were going to try to achieve the impossible task. First, let’s talk about what the roadblocks will be. Then one by one, I ask them to think about what they would do to overcome each roadblock. With a group of creative people, sometimes they will think of how to overcome each roadblock they can think of. Then you give them the task and let them have at it.
Lately with the Modern Money Model, rather than a direct explanation of it, I have discovered through articles that I have read that it is easy to talk about the Game of Monopoly. There are situations that comes up in that game which closely mimic how our economy and the central bank actually works. However, you don’t mention that connection until they have told you exactly what would happen in Monopoly. After they have figured out for themselves what happens, then they are more likely to see how it happens in real life. This is no coincidence. The earliest versions of games like Monopoly were created to be educational tools.
WikiPedia article History of the board game Monopoly
The history of the board game Monopoly can be traced back to the early 20th century. The earliest known version of Monopoly, known as The Landlord’s Game, was designed by an American, Elizabeth Magie, and first patented in 1904 but existed as early as 1902. Magie, a follower of Henry George, originally intended The Landlord’s Game to illustrate the economic consequences of Ricardo’s Law of Economic rent and the Georgist concepts of economic privilege and land value taxation.