This is the final recommendation in my mini-series on Blindspots. You can read the first few recommendations here:
- The Hazards of Confidence — about cognitive bias
- Our Lying Eyes about the problems with eyewitness testimony,
- Confident idiots — about the Dunning Kruger Effect and
- Your Brain is primed to reach false conclusions. The link on that article was off — you can use this.


Why you think you’re right — even if you’re wrong
Julia Galef TedTalk (11 minutes to watch)

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This short talk explores the phenomenon of “motivated reasoning’, the unconscious tendency of individuals to fit their processing of information to conclusions that suit some end or goal.

This tendency exists in all of us. It is also known as confirmation bias. Once we have formed a view, we embrace information that confirms that view while ignoring, or rejecting, information that casts doubt on it. …

The Incredible Importance of Wearing Masks

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Reality Check:

Two weeks ago was the last time I wrote. Globally there were 661,394 confirmed coronavirus cases and 30,671 deaths. Today there are 1,850,345 cases and 114,053 deaths.

Two weeks ago in the U.S., there were 122,273 confirmed cases and 2,047 deaths. Today there are 558,897 cases and 21,991 deaths.

I’m writing this edition as an essay, rather than my typical newsletter format.

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Reality Check:

One week ago globally there were 156,653 coronavirus cases and 5,833 deaths. Today there are 300,227 cases and 12,948 deaths — a total mortality rate of 4.3%. In the last week, global case numbers increased by 192% and the death numbers increased by 222%.

One week ago in the U.S., there were 2,943 cases and 57 deaths. Today there are 24,137 cases and 288 deaths. In the last week, the U.S. case numbers increased by 820% and the death numbers increased by 500%.

I take pride in the Weekend Reader covering a breadth of topics, from sports to politics to technology, parenting, health, etc. But like many of you, though I’m still reading from a wide variety of sources, I’m reading very narrowly about this disease and its impact on our health, our economy and our society. …


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