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Why We Can Believe Conspiracies #health

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Everybody has some kind of believe in conspiracies, whether they are based on true or false data. The ability to see connections in the world around us is something that led to modern science as we know it. Scientific American reports that Anecdotal Evidence Can Undermine Scientific Results and make us believe there are connections that can’t be substantiated by scientific method.

Our brains have evolved so that they “… pay attention to anecdotes, false positives (believing there is a connection between A and B when there is not) are usually harmless, whereas false negatives (believing there is no connection between A and B when there is) may take you out of the gene pool.

But I still don’t know who was on the grassy knoll.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 28, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Posted in risk, science

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