Argumentum Ad Verecundiam
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You Are Not so Smart is a blog about the many ways we delude ourselves based on psychological and economic research.  In a similar manner to the Freakonomics Blog it takes pot-shots at the conventional wisdom such as wine snobbery, the usefulness of meetings, and caffeine buzzes.

The Misconception: You know why you like the things you like and feel the way you feel.

The Truth: The origin of certain emotional states is unavailable to you, and when pressed to explain them, you will just make something up.

(via Kottke.org)

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  1. Some nice writing in there alright. Shame traditional journalists aren’t as good at science reporting; might be less water sold as medicine.

  2. Very interesting article about “Extinction Bursts”. Must remember that when I’m in the supermarket with Ben in a couple of years.

    Roll my eyes and comment how he’s just having an extinction burst while people walk by staring… 😀

    1. It’s always good to use a bit of cognitive psychology as an excuse. Makes a nice change being able to read about some proper science rather than being stuck in the qualitative mess of this year’s course.