Chapter one focuses a lot on the basic principles of Psychology. It gives multiple terms as to how humans want to always be right (confirmation bias and belief perseverance) as well as a lot of information about pseudoscience and why we are drawn to pseudoscience so often. This chapter discusses multiple logical fallacies often found in psychology, for example the bandwagon fallacy. Skepticism and scientific thinking are extremely important in this chapter because they discuss ways of distinguishing fact from fiction. Lastly, this chapter introduces the history of psychology, including the most famous psychologists and their ideas and different psychology professions today.
What I found the most interesting was the tendency for humans to always want to be correct. With things such as confirmation bias (seeking evidence to prove we're correct) and belief perseverance (sticking to our original beliefs). I find that these often come up in daily life, whether it be in an argument or on a test. We always need to use self correction and determine if there are outside forces causing us to think this certain way, and realize we may not be correct. Also, I found it amazing the commonalities between Abraham Lincoln and JFK.
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