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Unformatted text preview: are invaluable safeguards against error, not only in psychology but in everyday life 8/31/10 Our intuitions regarding psychological phenomena are not always a trustworthy guide to the validity of these phenomena “Common sense is not especially common.” – Voltaire The human brain evolved to maximize the chances of genes to be passed down – didn’t evolve to understand itself Science is not merely “common sense” – in fact, science often requires us to think contrary to our common sense. Science is uncommon sense (Cromer, Wolpert) Mark twain – “science involves unlearning as well as learning” Opposites DO NOT attract… DON’T always go with your hunch on a test Dyslexia is not just reordering words or numbers How does science help us safeguard us from common sense?...
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2012 for the course PSYCH 110 taught by Professor Marino during the Spring '11 term at Emory.
- Spring '11