[SEQ RERUN] Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People
Learning common biases won’t help you obtain truth if you only use this knowledge to attack beliefs you don’t like. Discussions about biases need to first do no harm by emphasizing motivated cognition, the sophistication effect, and dysrationalia, although even knowledge of these can backfire.
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