Jonathan Fields

Mind-Control, Daydreaming and Intelligence.

Good Life Riff: What if everything you knew to be truth and real was subject to complete manipulation?

What if there was something anyone could do, in a relatively short matter of time, to lead you to first doubt your certainty and then eventually belief the complete opposite. Even if you’d been right, and there was zero proof to support what this other person was telling you?

Turns out, there is something. It’s a frighteningly simple cognitive bias or kink in our brain’s wiring that is being used to manipulate beliefs in everything from civil discourse to advertising to politics. What it is, how it works and how to “protect” against it is what we’re talking about in today’s Good Life Project Riff.

It’s the second installment in our series on Cognitive Bias, aka, the wacky things our brains do to make us think we’re rational, but lead us to delusion. And, if you’re interested in the first installment in the series on the Anchoring Bias, you can find it here.

Good Life Science: And, in our Good Life Science segment, we’re diving into some fascinating new research on the connection between daydreaming, intelligence, creativity and having a more efficient brain around you. Turns out, if you’ve been a chronic daydreamer all your life, it might actually a sign of intelligence, not slackerdom! And, as always, for those want to go to the source, here’s a link to the full study.

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