The Psychology of Risk Assessment: The Case of the Coronavirus

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Description: Consider this question; Is the coronavirus more or less dangerous that the flu (influenza)? Now, think about how you answered that question. Do you actually know how dangerous the flu and the coronavirus are? What their death rates are for those that contract them? Or did you come up with your answer based on… Read more »

What Could Possibly Be Adaptive About Buying Into Fake News?

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Description: If you believe another person is not thinking properly about something what is the best way to get them change their mind and to think more clearly? If you thought that showing them some facts would be a good idea you are not alone as that is what most people think, especially when the… Read more »

Is Common Sense a Problem?

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Description: It is quite common for those talking about the nature of human rationality to point out that a number of the shortcuts or heuristics that we use in analyzing information that the world is presenting us may in fact lead us in the direction of making decisions that are ultimately less rational. This review… Read more »