Chapter 1 "psychology and Scientific thinking"

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Have you ever been debating a friend and as the debate becomes more in depth you realize that you are completely wrong? Once you do realize you are wrong you usually don't give up do you? I know I don't, this part of what psychologists and scientist as a whole need to be able to recognize. Continually arguing a point that clearly has flaws does no good. The only real accomplishment is your pride and ability to waste valuable time. Scientist have to realize that being wrong may be a good thing, it may cause the outcome to occur quicker and identifying what does and does not work in any given experiment.
This chapter focused on how easily humans are able to misinterpret basic information. Confirmation bias, naïve realism and many others concepts is what chapter 1 discusses. Sometimes at first glance you might feel that you have the right idea which may be right in certain scenarios but as a whole something we as humans struggle to do so because of such a strong belief in our common sense.
An example that I found quite interesting was the one given on page 5
1.) Birds of a feather flock together 6.) Opposites attract
2.) Absence makes the heart grow fonder 7.) out of sight, out of mind
3.) Better safe than sorry 8.) Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
4.) Two heads are better than one 9.) Too many cooks spoil the broth
5.) Actions speak louder than words 10.) The pen is mightier than the sword.
This is a fine example of how common sense gets the best of us. As you can see if you have not already read the book that most if not all of these examples are seem true. After reading on it is seen that the examples on the left are pretty close to opposites to the ones on the right. So how can all of these be true when there saying very different things? That is the mystery of psychology and how easily our minds can become manipulated by a few simple words.

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