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    The Knowledge Illusion

    I think your conclusion is too black and white. Saying everyone who doesn't meet a purity test is a quack means you are throwing every single person who is not in one category into another, no matter who they are or how they do what they do. Sometimes someone from a different background is...
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    I think this point is a sensitive one for ex cult members and people who trusted the wrong people in any kind of relationship. It bears serious consideration in its own right in my opinion. Once bitten twice shy and no one wants to get fooled again, yet we all too often are.
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    This is obviously not the way modern education works.
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    As Orwell pointed out words can be used to mean such broad concepts that they lose their original meaning. From Politics and the English Language (1946) The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies "something not desirable". The words democracy, socialism, freedom...
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    Another thing found by the authors of The Knowledge Illusion and Jonathon Haidt is guiding principles as Haidt calls it in his book The Righteous Mind and in The Knowledge Illusion it is called sacred values and values. The authors found that people are resistant to evidence and arguments...
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    I never went to college, so any gains from any college education were unavailable to me.
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    But here's the thing. My opinion of what is important and what is actually important can be completely different. I might not even know about subjects I need to know. Looking at my failure in understanding the threat of Scientology I was not even aware of the subjects of psychology ( in depth)...
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    I think Hubbard plagiarized ideas, and didn't conduct the research he claimed, certainly not in the way he claimed. Psychologists and linguists have long claimed we operate on assumptions, many unexamined. We also operate on values and use guiding associations to frame and define our perception...
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    So, what do you do ? Are you going to learn enough to diagnose and treat cancer ? To repair a car ? To plan policies for a government ? To create a just legal system ? To decide every question on every issue ? No one lives long enough to even try.
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    In the final chapter, Conclusion: Appraising Ignorance and Illusion, the authors wrap it all up. "When academics encounter a new idea that doesn't conform to their preconceptions, there's often a sequence of three reactions: first dismiss, then reject, and finally declare it obvious. The...
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    In chapter twelve of The Knowledge Illusion, Making Smarter Decisions, the authors look at the issue of how everything they covered in the entire book up to now can be used to make smarter decisions. They go over information on savings and compound interest and the fact that very few of us save...
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    In chapter eleven, Making People Smart, the authors discuss making people smart. The authors pointed out that in a comparison of poor kids in Brazil who were street merchants to survive the hyperinflation and extreme poverty the country experienced during the 1980s it was found the street...
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    In chapter ten, The New Definition of Smart, the authors take on this concept in light of everything they have discovered. In this chapter they discuss the fact that we achieve things together. From Martin Luther King Jr and the thousands and thousands of activists in the civil rights movement...
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    In chapter nine, Thinking About Politics, the authors of The Knowledge Illusion take on the dreaded topic of politics, or more exactly how we think about politics. The authors pointed out that we as voters are often unaware of the topics that we are voting on or the reality that is involved...
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    In chapter eight, Thinking About Science, the authors take on our knowledge and understanding of science (gulp). The authors start by pointing out that people have long had a strain of apprehension and suspicion regarding science and technology. There is a story of a man named Ned Ludd who...
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    In the seventh chapter of The Knowledge Illusion, Thinking with Technology, the authors take on technology as extension of thought. The authors caution about the possibility of AI reaching the hypothetical singularity. In technology the term is used to describe a point at which AI surpasses...
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    In chapter six of The Knowledge Illusion, Thinking with Other People, the authors take on another aspect of how we can function despite our extreme limitations as individuals. "The world serves as a memory and is part of the thought process. But a single thinker can only do so much. In nature...
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    In chapter five, Thinking with Our Bodies and the World, the authors of The Knowledge Illusion explain how those two factors help us in thought. The authors contrast cognitive science as the study of human intelligence against artificial intelligence which is the study of how to build a machine...
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    In chapter four, Why We Think What Isn't So, the authors take on inaccuracies in our thinking. They take on how we can incorrectly guess the paths that objects will take if for example they are attached to a rope that is spinning in a circle and the rope is cut. Our causal reasoning is often...
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    The Knowledge Illusion

    In chapter three, How We Think, the authors of The Knowledge Illusion take on that topic. Steve Sloman has a dog Cassie. Steve pointed out that he and Cassie have different levels of intelligence. When Cassie wants food she goes to her bowl, where her food is given to her. She may wait quite a...
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