Pseudoscience in everyday life
Pseudoscience in everyday life
Genetic Predispositions

Tendency to overdetect (rather than underdetect) patterns

Tendency to make decisions quickly

Tendency to overrespect confidence

Tendency to rely on personal experience

Barnum effect (Forer effect) - tendency to personalize general statements

Tendency to minimize cognitive dissonance - prefer evidence supporting existing beliefs

Information to be wary of

Information that contradicts professional opinion - see Denialism

Anectodal evidence - personal experiences

Effects that lack an obvious scientific mechanism

Cold reading - a technique to convince you that an authority (reader) knows more about you than he actually does