The vast majority of people use logical fallacies every day, all day long. The world runs on logical fallacy and illogical thinking. It’s part of the fuel that runs human civilizations.
People have lazy brains. They don’t want to think too hard. Most logical fallacies are caused by “short-cut” thinking. You get to the answer of an unpleasant question very quickly without having to do a lot of painful thinking.
Most people are not like me. I love to think. I live to think. To most people, deep thinking is a pain in the ass. It causes confusion and anxiety. I love being unsure of things. Most people hate being uncertain about things. It causes anxiety and makes the world seem like a scary place. So they decide one way or the other on most important questions that are thrown at them – “Right, wrong, or indifferent, this is how I feel, and I’m not changing my mind.”
I have noticed that people are extremely resistant to changing their mind once they decide that some particular thing happened in some particular way. I have thrown mountains of evidence at people to convince them that what they believe is wrong, and I got nothing but a stonewall and typical a belligerent yelling, screaming stonewall at that. Telling people they are full of shit really sets them off.
The excuses roll off the tongue.
“They’re lying…he’s lying…she’s lying…they made it up…they faked it…it’s a bad source…I only believe the media or the government…that’s conspiracy theory…that’s just one person’s view…show me the evidence…”
Once people get set on a fixed idea of reality, it’s virtually impossible to get them to change their minds. Part of it is just pride, ego. No one wants to admit that they were wrong. In particular, no one wants to admit that they were taken in like suckers in a big fat lie. People will defend the most nonsensical ideas if it means that they can avoid saying that they were dumb enough to get conned.