Quote of the Day

The very act of trying to run counter to the culture is what creates the next wave of culture people will in turn attempt to counter.

“The very act of trying to run counter to the culture is what creates the next wave of culture people will in turn attempt to counter.” — David McRaney, You Are Not So Smart

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Quote of the Day

Today everyone is a consumer and has to pick from the same selection of goods as everyone else; and because of this people now define their personalities by how good their taste is, or how clever, or how obscure, or how ironic their choices are.

“Today everyone is a consumer and has to pick from the same selection of goods as everyone else; and because of this people now define their personalities by how good their taste is, or how clever, or how obscure, or how ironic their choices are.” — David McRaney, You Are Not So Smart

From My Notebook – Page 24

Illusion of Knowledge

Illusion of Knowledge

from You Are Not So Smart #2

The illusion of knowledge

  • is a feeling and a need for all complex things.
  • experience and familiarity give the illusion of knowledge even when we don’t really understand how it works, e.g. most drivers and their car’s motor.

Related – confident speakers talking in black & white. Takes care of our need for certainty.

Techno babble – gives the impression of learning something important. Creates the illusion of knowledge.

The Internet trap – researching to get familiarity and feel safer about decisions. The extra information, whether true or false, gives a false sense of understanding.

Related:
The Illusion of Knowledge (youarenotsosmart.com)
Dr. Fox effect (wikipedia.org)
Quote of the Day (12 November 2013)
Quote of the Day (29 July 2013)

From My Notebook – Page 13

Why Do Humans Reason?

Related:
YANSS Podcast – Episode Nine – Why do humans reason? Arguments for an argumentative theory (youarenotsosmart.com)
Quote of the Day (11 January 2014)
Quote of the Day (10 August 2013)