The effect of explaining biases

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Visual illusions foster open-mindedness

From sworn witness accounts of alien visitations, to deep-rooted trust in quack medical treatments, the human trait that psychologists call “naive realism” has a lot to answer for. This is people’s instinctive feeling that they perceive the world how it is, encapsulated by the saying “seeing is believing.” The truth, of course, is that our every perception is our brain’s best guess, built not merely with the raw material of what’s out in the world, but just as much with the bricks of expectation, hope and imagination. William Hart and his colleagues at the University of Alabama propose that naive realism not only inspires false confidence in what we see, but also more generally in our beliefs and assumptions. ….[READ]

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