Davey the Fat Boy wrote:Alleged Local Policeman wrote:Davey the Fat Boy wrote:I used to believe that people would make good choices if they only knew the truth.
You're glad you don't think that now?
Better not to labor under delusion.
I saw a rather interesting TED talk a while back, on the topic of being wrong. It went through the three stages we go through when people disagree with us.
First, we think they are just ignorant - if they knew the facts, surely they would come to the right conclusion. Then it turns out that those people do know the facts.
So second, we say they are not that bright. If only they had the same information, and were as smart as I, we would surely agree. But then, come to find, some of those people are extremely well educated and erudite. Yet we still disagree.
That brings us to the third conclusion. They are EVIL - they know the truth and wish to hide it. For some sinister purpose. There is no other reason for us to disagree.
That's ridiculous on its face, right? We're not that arrogant, we don't think. But isn't that the way it goes...
The point of the talk, was that we ALL need to break free from our inherent bias that, because we consider ourselves pretty smart and honest with ourselves, WE ARE RIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING. We need to embrace the possibility that just maybe, we could be wrong about some things, and not exclude information that conflicts with our pre-conceived ideas.
I still talk about shit as if I am right and everyone knows it. Old habits die hard. But I do try to keep that in mind.