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What I tell you three times is true Lewis Carroll Might this formula - or a more sophisticated version of it - actually determine what we believe to be true Repetition is our way of learning knowledge Repetition is drilling something to memory reinforcing the idea in our heads It is the key to reflexive use use without conscious thought Your mind learns by repetition and reinforcement Repetition and its effects on what we believe to be true play a major role in the way that we accumulate general knowledge The formula implies that repetition is equal to truth when really repetition is just repetition Repetition does not make a statement the truth But a statement if repeated often enough can come to be accepted as truth This leads us to the question whether a lie can be accepted as truth From the standpoint of logic the number of times an incorrect fact is repeated is irrelevant It is still false But research has shown that a statement even an incorrect fact if repeated often enough can be accepted as truth This paper will examine several research studies influencing variables and examples from everyday life to identify this occurrence In addition to this the possible effects of repetition will be discussed as well One of the simplest ways to show how repetition causes a statement to be accepted as truth is gossip First someone tells a friend a statement which can be true or false This friend tells another friend who tells another friend and soon this statement is known by everyone and considered by everyone to be a fact The repetition of this statement causes it to be thought of as true and this belief increases with every whisper This can be a problem as statements which are completely false can be willingly accepted to be true by the general population The phenomenon has been identified by several psychologists and
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