“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
“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
“You move closer to the truth by seeking evidence to the contrary.” — David McRaney, You Are Not So Smart
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.
YANSS Podcast – Episode Nine – Why do humans reason? Arguments for an argumentative theory (youarenotsosmart.com)
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