TagLast edit: 1 Oct 2020 23:01 UTC by Ruby

Groupthink is a very well-documented source of bias in cognitive psychology. It refers to the tendency of humans to tend to agree with each other, and hold back objections or dissent even when the group is wrong.

There seems to be a balance of tensions between evaporative cooling of beliefs leading to groupthink, and extremely biased color politics.

Echo chamber

An echo chamber is a group of media sources that parrot each other by constantly and unquestioningly reporting a single, biased point of view, thus creating the illusion of consensus.

“Virtual community”

In computer-mediated deliberation, the ideology of so-called “virtual community” has been implicated as a damaging source of groupthink. In the real world, a “community” is an ethical and political compromise of values due to a shared need for protection from bodily harm or harm to one’s surrounding environment. A “virtual community” has no such natural values but still retains the mind-killing illusion of protection, and is thus liable to turn into a cult.

See also

Se­cret Iden­tities vs. Groupthink

Swimmy9 Apr 2009 20:26 UTC
22 points
12 comments1 min readLW link

Eva­po­ra­tive Cool­ing of Group Beliefs

Eliezer Yudkowsky7 Dec 2007 23:08 UTC
137 points
47 comments3 min readLW link

Un­crit­i­cal Supercriticality

Eliezer Yudkowsky4 Dec 2007 16:40 UTC
95 points
174 comments4 min readLW link

Asch’s Con­for­mity Experiment

Eliezer Yudkowsky26 Dec 2007 7:03 UTC
52 points
63 comments4 min readLW link

In­for­ma­tion cascades

Johnicholas6 Mar 2009 4:08 UTC
59 points
36 comments2 min readLW link

Boo lights: group­think edition

Morendil15 Feb 2010 18:29 UTC
27 points
72 comments2 min readLW link

Epistemic Viciousness

Eliezer Yudkowsky13 Mar 2009 23:33 UTC
97 points
93 comments3 min readLW link

On Ex­press­ing Your Concerns

Eliezer Yudkowsky27 Dec 2007 4:04 UTC
49 points
37 comments3 min readLW link

Lonely Dissent

Eliezer Yudkowsky28 Dec 2007 4:23 UTC
105 points
86 comments4 min readLW link

Aca­demic Cliques

ChrisHallquist8 Nov 2013 4:27 UTC
35 points
57 comments1 min readLW link

Guardians of Ayn Rand

Eliezer Yudkowsky18 Dec 2007 6:24 UTC
100 points
129 comments5 min readLW link

Two Cult Koans

Eliezer Yudkowsky21 Dec 2007 5:45 UTC
112 points
100 comments2 min readLW link

When None Dare Urge Restraint

Eliezer Yudkowsky8 Dec 2007 23:09 UTC
92 points
123 comments2 min readLW link

Modesty and di­ver­sity: a con­crete suggestion

[deleted]8 Nov 2017 20:42 UTC
30 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

Cul­tish Countercultishness

Eliezer Yudkowsky30 Dec 2007 0:53 UTC
77 points
31 comments9 min readLW link

Guardians of the Truth

Eliezer Yudkowsky15 Dec 2007 18:44 UTC
48 points
53 comments4 min readLW link

The Im­por­tance of Those Who Aren’t Here

Davis_Kingsley31 Jul 2019 23:33 UTC
42 points
6 comments2 min readLW link

But Some­body Would Have Noticed

Alicorn4 May 2010 18:56 UTC
38 points
258 comments4 min readLW link

The Wannabe Rational

MrHen15 Jan 2010 20:09 UTC
39 points
305 comments8 min readLW link

GroupThink, Theism … and the Wiki

byrnema13 Apr 2009 17:28 UTC
−2 points
62 comments2 min readLW link

The In­com­pre­hen­si­bil­ity Bluff

SocratesDissatisfied6 Dec 2020 18:26 UTC
41 points
22 comments6 min readLW link

It turns out that group meet­ings are mostly a ter­rible way to make decisions

Ian David Moss17 Dec 2020 3:30 UTC
59 points
14 comments5 min readLW link

Matt Lev­ine on “Fraud is no fun with­out friends.”

Raemon19 Jan 2021 18:23 UTC
102 points
24 comments4 min readLW link

Notes on Empathy

David Gross3 May 2022 4:06 UTC
24 points
1 comment64 min readLW link
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