adj. Impervious to reason, counterexamples, or data, especially when they contradict one's opinions or values.
While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the auditory nerve to the brain.
—Andy Borowitz, “Scientists: Earth Endangered By New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans,” The New Yorker, May 12, 2015
According to the fact-resistant former secretary of defense and CIA director, Iraq and Syria today would be flourishing in peace and stability and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) would have been stillborn if only the United States had intervened more forcefully with military might.
—Bruce Fein, “Leon Panetta’s foreign policy hallucinations,” The Washington Times, October 07, 2014
Sadly, the don’t-budge-an-inch absolutists are painfully fact-resistant. When, in an earlier column, I cited the common figure of 30,000 gun deaths in this country per year, an angry caller left me an enraged message.
—Jacquielynn Floyd, “Collin County sheriff’s grandstanding in gun debate isn’t helpful,” The Dallas Morning News, January 22, 2013
1994 (earliest)
It needs to be said, however, that one of the signs that our mental pictures of violence are often not based on demonstrable fact, but on fact-resistant faith, is the unreasoning reaction to arguments that question those images.
—Brian Lee Crowley, The Road to Equity, Stoddard, January 01, 1994
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