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The Science Behind Why People Are So Easily Fooled

By Anna Hunt | 16 February 2018

WAKING TIMES — The world has changed tremendously from the time of our ancestors. Today, we develop most of our beliefs based on external forces, with very little first-hand experience. Where the early humans relied on direct sensory experience to shape their beliefs, we now rely on language and our own ability to discern falsehoods from truth.

With language, we undoubtedly receive a plethora of opinions and bias based on the orator’s own belief system. Yet, we are willing to believe much, without taking the time to investigate new ideas or seeking to experience them first-hand. What is the reason for this eager credulity and can we control it?

The 17th century philosopher Rene Descartes formalized the idea that, “if one wishes to know the truth, then one should not believe an assertion until one finds evidence to justify doing so.” […]

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