Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

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* Stupid people saying stupid things: Glenn Beck explains how excessive government regulation created slavery, while Jim DeMint argues that sexually active single women (and homosexuals) should be banned from teaching in public schools. In 2010.

* The Scope-Severity Paradox is the cognitive bias that explains why our empathy doesn’t work: we feel worse for smaller numbers of victims than for larger numbers. Via MetaFilter.

* And Zack Snyder will screw up Superman next.

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  1. why the shock about this ‘scope-severity paradox’? i thought that was just common sense.

    traxus4420

    October 4, 2010 at 11:49 pm

  2. When you frame it as a cognitive bias rather than “common sense”, and you have research behind it, you can get people to take it seriously. It also allows people to distinguish between a vague tendency and a more concrete cognitive bias, i.e., they can connect it to themselves.

    Alex

    October 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm


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