Study Reveals, “Human Brain Will Believe Anything”

In the movie business, there’s this thing called “suspension of disbelief.” Suspension of disbelief is required when we are watching something on screen that is so outrageously impossible that the audience must disregard their knowledge of the real world in order to accept that what they just saw can actually happen.

Suspension of Disbelief

It’s this suspension of belief that makes it even remotely possible for people to enjoy movies like Top Gun (in order to believe that Tom Cruise could ever possibly make it through the Naval Academy and become an officer) or *shudder* Armageddon.

In another pointless study, researchers discovered that our brains are apparently designed to believe lies that are told to us, thus explaining why humans are so easily brainwashed, so quick to believe conspiracy theories, and can stand to watch movies like Armageddon.

Research showed that even when test subjects knew the truth, they tended to believe lies counter to what they knew to be true. Weird huh?

Read the full story at Reuters.

2 thoughts on “Study Reveals, “Human Brain Will Believe Anything”

  1. Stu

    Mmm… now that you mention it, I quite agree. Yeah, most people will say, “A 4G negative dive? Whatever!” Personally, I can believe that Russian Migs are nothing more than stolen American F5′s that are painted black and Russian pilots are so incredibly tough that they can handle a sustained -4G dive… but Tom Cruise hitting on a hot chick? NO WAY!

  2. Life With Buck

    I could never get through Armageddon, but now you’ve made me want to try again. Just so I can join in and say, Yeah, that was ridiculous. Although Top Gun was a total suspension of belief, the most difficult scene to stomach was the bar scene when Tom Cruise serenaded Kelly McGillis. It would have been more believable if Tom Cruise had serenaded Val Kilmer.


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