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Overcoming The Illusion of Understanding

Posted by: leelefever on June 17, 2013- 10:05am

Topic: Art of Explanation

Categories: article, Explanation, politics, psychology, understanding

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I’m sure you know a friend or relative who has strongly-held opinions about a subject and is convinced that their position is right. But when asked about specifics, it becomes clear that they lack a basic understanding of the working parts that back-up that position.   A recent article by Tania Lombrozo, PhD., a cognitive scientist at UC Berkeley, highlights what causes these extreme positions and what can be done to moderate them. Lombrozo’s article is based on a recent paper by psychologist... Continue Reading