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A blog by Leon Oudejans


Why our egocentrism is the source of our stupidity

In 2021, I've written a lot about human stupidity (my blogs). I've been hesitant to address the How-What-When-Where-Who-Why questions. A 2021 Psyche article was very helpful: Why some of the smartest people can be so very stupid (eg, my blog). Apparently, stupidity is a blind spot in our thinking. Recently, I noticed two more related articles that have been causing...

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People only pay attention to new information when they want to (Phys)

Phys title: People only pay attention to new information when they want toBy: Oxford University PressDate: 14 September 2021 "A new paper in the Journal of the European Economic Association, published by Oxford University Press, indicates that we tend to listen to people who tell us things we'd like to believe and ignore people who tell us things we'd...

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Does gravity affect our micro-macro focus?

Gravity keeps us grounded and prevents us from jumping up high in the air. Could gravity also affect our thinking in a similar way? Many, and perhaps most, people have a micro focus. They look at correctness, at details, at empathy. Nearly all media adopt a micro focus. There is, however, another perspective. On the other side, there is a macro focus. That focus...

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Idiocracy (5)

Monday last week, I noticed an article in the Dutch Telegraph: Experts want more clarity about corona policy asap - you cannot continue forever with harmful measures. I had assumed that the economy would have won from healthcare by now. I was wrong. Various - if not many - governments are starting to double down on their harmful measures. My diagram below...

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Why some of the smartest people can be so very stupid (Psyche)

Introduction LO: This article solves a dilemma in the back of my mind. I have written a lot about human stupidity (my blogs) but I've always refrained from defining stupidity, for some unknown reason. Subconsciously, I must have realised that 'stupidity is a very specific cognitive failing'. Stupidity never defines an entire person. You can be overall intelligent...

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Idiocracy (3)

Recently, I noticed my 2016 blog again: Closed mindedness, ignorance and stupidity. Considering its mentioning of stupidity, there has to be a link with idiocracy (my blogs). On further reflection, I also recalled my 2017 blogs on the arrogance and ignorance of the left vs the right as well as globalism vs nationalism. In 2021, I also wrote about the link between...

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