Daily TEDTalk Inspiration: “Michael Shermer: The Pattern behind Self-Deception”

Time to watch another TEDTalk. Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things — from alien abductions to dowsing rods — boils down to two of the brain’s most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are and how they get us into trouble.

Michael says that believe is natural,…we just believe, we believe all sorts of things…
Disbelieve, scepticism and science are not natural,…it is more difficult, it is uncomfortable.

The reason for that is our “Belief Engine”:
– we are pattern-seeking primates
– seeking to connect the dots (A is connected to B)
– learning through associations

We find patterns, and we create those connections.

Patternicity: The tendency to find meaningful patterns in both meaningful and meaningless noise

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2 responses

  1. complicitgrace | Reply

    Reblogged this on Complicit Grace and commented:
    Omg…this is hysterical … watch it until the end and you will see what all of us silly women have really fallen for.

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