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Global Optimum

Oct 2, 2018

This episode features:

-Why men perceive more sexuality in women’s behavior than women say they intend

-Several opportunities to test your own biases

-Examples of how both evolutionary psychologists and social psychologists have explained bias the wrong way

-Why it’s unsatisfactory to say that we have false beliefs in order to “make ourselves feel good”

-Why do people ignore basic probability theory

-Why are people bad at abstract logic

-How to make people much better at logic problems

-An explanation of the famous “Linda Problem”


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Apply Psychology:

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Positive Illusions Wikipedia

Check This Rec:

Carroll, S. M. (2018). Why Is There Something, Rather Than Nothing?. arXiv preprint arXiv:1802.02231.