Im trying to describe this misappropriation of belief as something other than wishful thinking. Here is an example.
- Barack Obama is ineligible for the presidency if he was born in Kenya.
- I do not want Barack Obama to be president.
Therefore I BELIEVE Barack Obama was born in Kenya.
Belief is the key word here. Obviously the word is being misused, but in this particular example, I think birthers actually 'believe' their claims. In other words, they are not lying in an attempt to exploit a loop hole.
Is there a name for this type of thinking other than 'wishful'? Thanks.