Event: Inquiring Minds
Topic: Some Common Delusions
Host: Kevin Moriarty
What did you used to think was true and now realize is false/different?
Santa is real.
What are some common social delusions?
Lawrence Kraus. The only way to really change people's minds is to confront them directly with their own misconceptions, lead them to an internal contradiction so that they discover for themselves.
John F. Kennedy. The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie ? deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth ? persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
Richard Feynman. Science is what we do to keep from lying to ourselves.
Upton Sinclair. It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
What delusions have you had that you now realize are not true?
The elephant in the room is that we have some delusions right now which we may or may not be aware of.
If you are willing to endure some cognitive disonnance, then join us for a short reality expedition.
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