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Political Extremism Is Supported by an Illusion of Understanding
"People often hold extreme political attitudes about complex policies. We hypothesized that people typically know less about such policies than they think they do (the illusion of explanatory depth) and that polarized attitudes are enabled by simplistic causal models. Asking people to explain policies in detail both undermined the illusion of explanatory depth and led to attitudes that were more moderate (Experiments 1 and 2). Although these effects occurred when people were asked to generate a mechanistic explanation, they did not occur when people were instead asked to enumerate reasons for their policy preferences (Experiment 2). Finally, generating mechanistic explanations reduced donations to relevant political advocacy groups (Experiment 3). The evidence suggests that people’s mistaken sense that they understand the causal processes underlying policies contributes to political polarization."
politics  extremism  understanding  illusion  explanation  bias  cognition 
may 2014 by tsuomela
How Airplanes Fly
Good example for the "illusion of explanatory depth"
science  explanation  flying  physics  complexity  illusion  psychology  expertise 
december 2011 by tsuomela
Richard Wiseman's Blog
"Psychologist, magician, and author Prof Richard Wiseman posts daily on quirky mind stuff. Based at University of Hertfordshire in the UK, but this is a personal blog."
weblog-individual  psychology  illusion  optics 
january 2011 by tsuomela
The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us
Chabris and Simons website with videos of the "invisible gorilla" attention demonstration and other experiments in perception.
psychology  perception  illusion  attention  expectation  visual 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: The Entertainment Value of Snuffing Grandma
Consequently, they are incapable of asking themselves a simple question: If insurance corporation profits are one third of the cost of healthcare, and all insurance corporations do is deliver our money to healthcare providers for us (or actually, do everything in their power to keep the money for themselves), why do we need insurance companies at all? Answer: Because Wall Street gets a big piece of the action.
rant  health-care  gloom-and-doom  reform  illusion  american  class  wall-street 
august 2009 by tsuomela

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