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August 12, 2009, Memory
Hearing is believing: A cautionary tale for political misinformationWe are wired to believe.
The political news in the United States is filled right now with stories from the crucial to the bizarre. On the crucial side is the ongoing debate about health care. On the bizarre end is the side-show of the "birthers" who question whether Barack Obama was born in the US.
A big problem with this type of mis-information is that the human cognitive system is not designed to make it easy to reject false information.
In general, much of the information that we take in most of the time really is true. You open your eyes and see things around you. Most of what you see really is there and really looks like your visual system says it does. Likewise, much of what you hear, feel, taste, and smell is truly in your environment.
I think his advice is a little wrong though. You never truly know when you are being lied to so you can't simply avoid lies.
Unfortunately, that means that we all need to be careful where we take information from. We live in a world in which people can pay to have information fed to us. That means we must be vigilant about what information we allow ourselves to be exposed to, because that information will affect us whether we want it to or not.
Originally posted by Watcher-In-The-Shadows
reply to post by Iamonlyhuman
No, more the definition of misplaced trust. Anyone can lie to you and the author forgets that. It is a educational piece with well naivete thrown in by the author.
That means we must be vigilant about what information we allow ourselves to be exposed to, because that information will affect us whether we want it to or not.
And most of those experts on here first believed him.