People often disagree about things. We disagree about politics, religion and money most often. We will also disagree about status; we look up to and respect different people. We might disagree about art or music; we all have different tastes. We can even disagree about which foods we like.
We make judgements all the time, constantly reviewing the evidence without even knowing that we do it. We judge our environment and do risk assessments and we judge the people we come into contact with. We can’t always trust those judgements because we don’t always have all the evidence. The photograph looks like the English countryside, but in fact it’s an urban area. Beyond those trees is a technology college! Things can be deceiving and people can be deceptive. We measure evidence and look at one side of an issue and compare it to the other side and consider which is more plausible. We can be swayed by a number of factors though. (more…)
We have all heard the saying, “there is no smoke, without fire, ” and it usually applies to rumours. It isn’t that simple though. If the smoke is coming from your house, you may not believe that your house is on fire but it gets your undivided attention, because that is your worst fear. If the smoke is coming from your enemies house, you believe it because you want to believe it and maybe think they deserves it! Rumours are mainly believed when people want to believe them and it is worth bearing this in mind. If you want to send something viral on the internet like a blog; make it about something that people really want to believe. (more…)