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Podcast: Why Do Some People Ignore Facts?

In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Dr. Gleb Tsipursky to look at why some people hold their opinions, despite factual evidence to the contrary. In addition to explaining the reasons why some people ignore facts, the show offers suggestions on how to go about changing the mind of someone who does this, using the EGRIP approach. He also gives examples of how we can become more evolved thinkers, ourselves. Dr. Tsipursky also encourages the hosts to sign the Pro-Truth Pledge, a commitment to truth-oriented behavior. (Spoiler: they both already had!)


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Ignoring Facts Show Highlights:

“Everyone should remember to not go with their guts, to not be savage, and to orient toward being civilized and intentional, and orient toward truth.” ~ Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

[2:32]   Why do some people not accept factual evidence?

[5:51]   Why are we prone to ignore or deny negative information about loved ones?

[9:26]   How do we become more evolved thinkers?

[15:16] How do we change the minds of those who ignore facts?

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About Our Guest

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is passionate about promoting science-based truth-seeking, decision-making, and emotional and social intelligence. He researches these topics as a professor at the Ohio State University. A civic activist, Gleb serves as the volunteer President of a nonprofit devoted to popularizing the research on these topics, Intentional Insights. Its main current focus is the Pro-Truth Pledge, a project that aims to promote truth in public discourse through combining behavioral science and crowd-sourcing. Businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities frequently hire Gleb as a consultant and speaker. He authored a number of books, most notably the Amazon bestsellers The Truth Seeker’s Handbook: A Science-Based Guide and Find Your Purpose Using Science. His work has been published in Time Scientific AmericanPsychology TodayThe ConversationNewsweekLaddersLead Change Groupand elsewhere. He has appeared as a guest on network TV in the US, including affiliates of Fox and ABC, and internationally, such as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and on US and international radio stations such as NPRWBAI (New York City), KGO (San Francisco), 700WLW (Cincinnati), KLRD (Dallas), AM980 (Canada).

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About The Psych Central Show Podcast Hosts

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. In addition to hosting The Psych Central Show, Gabe is an associate editor for He also runs an online Facebook community, The Positive Depression/Bipolar Happy Place, and invites you to join.  To work with Gabe, please visit his website,




Vincent M. Wales is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. In addition to co-hosting The Psych Central Show, Vincent is the author of several award-winning novels and the creator of costumed hero Dynamistress. Visit his websites at and




Podcast: Why Do Some People Ignore Facts?

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Gabe Howard

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, Mental Illness is an Asshole and other Observations, available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from the author. To learn more about Gabe, please visit his website,

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Howard, G. (2018). Podcast: Why Do Some People Ignore Facts?. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 30, 2020, from
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Last updated: 8 Jul 2018 (Originally: 25 Jan 2018)
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