Accepting that planet Earth was not at the centre of the universe and the stars were like just like the Sun but only much further was a "revolution of the mind" that took centuries to accept. Accepting that species evolve and change through time has not been fully accepted. In the USA for instance 38% still believe that humans were created by God (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creationism).

The scientific knowledge and technology of people today exceeds most Jules Verne novels who was taken as mere entertainment during his time only 130 years ago. Is it hard to accept that perhaps science and technology of people of the 22nd century will exceed shows such us "the Matrix", "The X Files", or "Transcendence"?

Where does this trouble accepting these revolutions of the mind come from? Is there a defect in the brain not being efficient at re-wiring new ideas? Is it a need to believe a much more pleasant existence? Is it perhaps that it takes effort to accept new ideas and we don't want to over-complicate our existence or is it an ego-related thing because the longer you have been wrong about things the harder it gets to admit it?

What if 9/11 was an inside job or maybe the existence of alien civilisations were real? Could those be potential "revolutions of the mind" that most people would have trouble with?

I'm looking for authors that explore these ideas.

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"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mahatma Gandhi

"Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world" Arthur Schopenhauer

"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true." Demosthenes 384-322 BC

“Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.” Friedrich Nietzsche

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    See Francis Bacon's Idola tribus : "The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it." Commented Apr 6, 2018 at 8:46
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    Perhaps Thomas Kuhn is one such writer.
    – user20253
    Commented Apr 8, 2018 at 11:22
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    There are many psychological phenomena such as 'confirmation bias', which a philosopher may write off as a fallacy. Yet there is considerable psychological research in the area. I advise you post this on Psychology SE as well.
    – christo183
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 11:17
  • @christo183 There is also motivated reasoning and cognitive dissonance. It's certain that the human mind is not efficient to look for the truth even trained philosophers have trouble when the truth clashes with their egos and systems of believes (Sam Harris and Chomsky gave shitty explanations regarding 9/11). I'm just looking for books an authors who understood this. The Psychology SE is even worse than this forum and this is a truth related philosophical question. Thanks
    – user22051
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 11:58

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One of those authors Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and his Owl of Minerva or Athena

The 19th-century idealist philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel famously noted that "the owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk"—meaning that philosophy comes to understand a historical condition just as it passes away.[17] Philosophy appears only in the "maturity of reality," because it understands in hindsight.

“ Philosophy, as the thought of the world, does not appear until reality has completed its formative process, and made itself ready. History thus corroborates the teaching of the conception that only in the maturity of reality does the ideal appear as counterpart to the real, apprehends the real world in its substance, and shapes it into an intellectual kingdom. When philosophy paints its grey in grey, one form of life has become old, and by means of grey it cannot be rejuvenated, but only known. The owl of Minerva takes its flight only when the shades of night are gathering.

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