The psychological advantage of unfalsifiability: the appeal of untestable religious and political ideologies.

@article{Friesen2015ThePA,
  title={The psychological advantage of unfalsifiability: the appeal of untestable religious and political ideologies.},
  author={Justin P Friesen and Troy H. Campbell and Aaron C. Kay},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2015},
  volume={108 3},
  pages={
          515-29
        }
}
We propose that people may gain certain "offensive" and "defensive" advantages for their cherished belief systems (e.g., religious and political views) by including aspects of unfalsifiability in those belief systems, such that some aspects of the beliefs cannot be tested empirically and conclusively refuted. This may seem peculiar, irrational, or at least undesirable to many people because it is assumed that the primary purpose of a belief is to know objective truth. However, past research… 

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