Episode #811

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      Question #1: Guided Apophenia

      • Hi all, especially Cara with regards to this question. Reading https://medium.com/curiouserinstitute/a-game-designers-analysis-of-qanon-580972548be5 I realised that the concept of guided Apophenia is the evil counter to the skeptics approach of helping people to realise their failures of critical thinking through gently guiding them with rational questions. I’m interested to get your thoughts on what the counter to this approach could be. Is it through education about pareidolia and Apophenia? Regardless, perhaps Apophenia is a good candidate for What’s the Word? Cheers, Brodie

      Science or Fiction

      Skeptical Quote of the Week.

      ‘We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.’ - George Orwell