Tuesday, February 11, 2014

On why us humans have so much trouble distinguishing between truth and falsehood.......

                    The Six Filters for Truth

1.  Personal experience (Human perceptions are iffy.)

2.  Expertise of people you know (Even more unreliable.)

3.  Experts   (They work for money, not truth.)

4.  Scientific studies (Correlation is not causation.)

5.  Common sense (A good way to be mistaken with complete confidence.)

6.  Pattern recognition  (Patterns, coincidence, and personal bias look alike.)

-Scott Adams, as excerpted from How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big:  Kind of the Story of My Life

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