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lil  ·  1429 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How crazy am I to think I actually know where that Malaysia Airlines plane is?

Fascinating argument, but the paragraph below has applications beyond this article. Next time you have the sensation of being sure of your belief, pull this out:

    Neurobiologist Robert A. Burton points out in his book On Being Certain that the sensation of being sure about one’s beliefs is an emotional response separate from the processing of those beliefs. It’s something that the brain does subconsciously to protect itself from wasting unnecessary processing power on problems for which you’ve already found a solution that’s good enough. “ ‘That’s right’ is a feeling you get so that you can move on,” Burton told me. It’s a kind of subconscious laziness. Just as it’s harder to go for a run than to plop onto the sofa, it’s harder to reexamine one’s assumptions than it is to embrace certainty.

lil  ·  1428 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thinking about that quote: What if Robert A Burton loved his theory about rightness so much that his brain subconsciously would not let him reexamine his assumption that his theory was right.