The Compelling Story of the Smart Idiot

header image: Citgo criminal or Citgo employee? You decide! by Ben Steele edited by O Society Jan 25, 2020 "A year after this very popular novel came out, I read an article summarizing a study about this novel conducted by scholars at a well-known university. The study documents how the vast majority of people who buy … Continue reading The Compelling Story of the Smart Idiot

Higher Intelligence And An Analytical Thinking Style Offer No Protection Against “The Illusory Truth Effect”

The Illusory Truth Effect – Our Tendency To Believe Repeated Claims Are More Likely To Be True by Matthew Warren British Psychology Digest edited by O Society June 26, 2019 It’s a trick politicians have long exploited: repeat a false statement often enough, and people will start believing it’s true. Psychologists name this phenomenon the “illusory truth effect”, … Continue reading Higher Intelligence And An Analytical Thinking Style Offer No Protection Against “The Illusory Truth Effect”

Why people believe in conspiracy theories – and how to change their minds

by Mark Lorch Conversation  I’m sitting on a train when a group of football fans streams on. Fresh from the game – their team has clearly won – they occupy the empty seats around me. One picks up a discarded newspaper and chuckles derisively as she reads about the latest “alternative facts” peddled by Donald Trump. … Continue reading Why people believe in conspiracy theories – and how to change their minds