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        Be Reasonable

Your Brain Lies To You

Posted by neuralgourmet on June 30, 2008

That’s the title of an excellent op-ed in last Friday’s NY Times by Sam Wang, an associate professor of molecular biology and neuroscience. Wang briefly lays out some of the ways our brains select and mold the information we take in to accommodate our mental models, emotional attachments and beliefs. I’d like to think that people would be better critical thinkers if they understood how and to what extent our mental apparatus is simply faulty.

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