Errors In Thinking That Cause Problems For Humans

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Errors in thinking can change people’s perspectives on the world. All throughout history people have come upon at least one error in thinking. Everyone would like to believe that they are always correct. Because they do not understand the common errors in thinking, many humans begin to believe what is not true. Without good evidence and research, humans will come along the errors in thinking. Sometimes errors in thinking may lead to death or serious injury. People can stumble upon the errors of thinking on a daily basis. Three different errors in thinking cause serious problems for human beings.

The first error in thinking that troubles many human beings is the argument from authority. A very typical example of the argument from authority is found with the belief that vaccines are a cause of autism. Celebrities such as Donald Trump, say that they have witnessed this occur, causing those that look up to Donald Trump to figure the same thing. Another example of the argument from authority is found in the argument over the usage of GMOs. A scientist said that he has performed many tests with GMOs and has proven that they are harmful. Over 300 other scientists have disapproved of his tests and showed actual tests that GMOs are not as dangerous as the first scientist portrayed them as, but because he was a scientist people openly believed that his work was true. The last example of an argument from authority is commonly found with the idea of bigfoot’s existence. Famous people have said that they have had an encounter with Bigfoot, and because of their large fan bases, the celebrities’ followers begin to think similarly. The fan bases will especially listen if they are of a younger age and have not yet begun to process things for themselves.

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Another error in thinking that causes trouble to human beings is our trust in stories over statistics. This error in thinking is commonly found in people who believe in homeopathy. No statistics show that homeopathy works, but a lot of stories can be found. Many people trust in these stories because they feel that the writer has to be telling the trust, but this is not always the case. This error is also very commonly found in the idea that vaccines can cause autism. Statistics show that no correlation is found with the amount of people who received a vaccine and the number of individuals with autism. While this may be the case, it does happen that people receive a vaccine and later acquire autism, these people’s stories are shared and make it sound common. This error is also found with people that believe in ghosts. Many videos can be found on how ghost hunter methods have been debunked, such as the usage of an EVP. The EVP picks up noises, but what does not come into mind is that these noises can be caused by people or animals too.

The last error in thinking that can trouble human beings is our ability to underestimate chance and coincidence. An example of this error is found in the belief of ghosts. People do not realize that things can happen by accident. When something ghost-like occurs, it can turn out to be a coincidence a lot of the time. Another example of this error can be found in Tarot card readings. The cards are so vaguely written that they can apply to anyone. It is only a coincidence that it closely relates to a person. A typical example of this error is found in Ouija Board beliefs. It is only chance that the disk is moved to the correct area. When the players were blindfolded, the disk was directed to completely random spots.

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In conclusion, many of these errors can cause trouble for a extensive range of people. It is always best to do the research and figure out what is true. For most of these errors, the only thing at stake is guidance into believing what is wrong. For some examples, such as the vaccines are a cause for autism example, it can lead to serious harm and danger to human beings. These errors confuse many people and make humans unsure of everything that can be simply proven with evidence.