many people in Florida, I (the designer of this course) believed that
love bugs (those pesky insects that suddenly appear in droves twice a
year) were the result of a University of Florida scientific experiment
gone wrong because I heard that rumor from so many Florida residents.
When I first heard that this “scientific fact” was false, I denied it
and tried to hold onto my prior belief (after all, I had heard it from
so many people and I had spread the rumor myself – so I couldn’t
possibly be wrong). I even discounted a UF website that claimed that it
was an urban legend, believing that it was a cover-up attempt by UF. I
finally abandoned my belief that love bugs were genetically engineered
by UF scientists, after extensively researching the origin of love bugs
in the scientific literature (by the way, they simply migrated to
Florida from Mexico).
back to a time when you were faced with a similar situation. That is,
you were faced with evidence against a certain “scientific fact” that
you thought was true and believed in. Describe the situation, and then
answer the following questions:
did you react to/ feel about this contrary evidence? (Did you try to
find reasons why you should ignore the contrary evidence and continue to
hold onto your belief?)
what you learned about critical thinking in this module (“Critical
Thinking involves questioning our beliefs even when it makes us
uncomfortable”) – what will you do the next time you are faced with
evidence against your belief(s)?