The Limits of Reason: Why Facts Don’t Always Change Our Minds (New Yorker)

The New Yorker examines various Stanford experiments concerning perception and reality, particularly one’s ability to reason after facts change. The studies proved the limits of human reason and the futility of facts to change minds. Cognitive scientists Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber analyze why reasonable people act irrationally in their book, Enigma of Reason.

Evolutionarily, reason developed to aid cooperation, rather than to solve abstract or logical problems. Thus, humans are prone to confirmation biases, dismissing contradictory evidence after opinions are formed. Read more in The New Yorker.

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