Wednesday, May 1, 2013

conspiracy theories can be fundamental attribution error: more on the rationalizing animal

Moon Landing Faked!!!—Why People Believe in Conspiracy Theories: Scientific American: "The great philosopher Karl Popper argued that the fallacy of conspiracy theories lies in their tendency to describe every event as 'intentional' and 'planned' thereby seriously underestimating the random nature and unintended consequences of many political and social actions. In fact, Popper was describing a cognitive bias that psychologists now commonly refer to as the “fundamental attribution error”: the tendency to overestimate the actions of others as being intentional rather than the product of (random) situational circumstances."