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Freakonomics » The Myth of Common Sense: Why The Social World Is Less Obvious Than It Seems

Freakonomics » The Myth of Common Sense: Why The Social World Is Less Obvious Than It Seems | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

"Social scientists have struggled with all these questions for generations, and continue to do so. Yet many people feel they could answer these questions themselves—simply by examining their own experience. Unlike problems in physics and biology, therefore, where we need experts to tell us what is true, when the topic is human or social behavior, we’re all “experts,” so we trust our own opinions at least as much as we trust those of social scientists.

Nor is this tendency necessarily a bad reaction—any theory should be consistent with empirical reality, and in the case of social science, that reality includes everyday experience. But not everything about the social world is transparent from common sense alone—in part because not everything that seems like common sense turns out to be true, and in part because common sense is extremely good at making the world seem more orderly than it really is."

 

 

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10 Brilliant Social Psychology Studies — PsyBlog

10 Brilliant Social Psychology Studies — PsyBlog | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Ten of the most influential social psychology studies.
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Leave It to Science: Does It Pay to Be Beautiful?

Leave It to Science: Does It Pay to Be Beautiful? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

According to a recent survey of two thousand women, a staggering 25 percent would rather win America’s Next Top Model than a Nobel Prize. Picking beauty over brains might be a bit shallow, but is it also a bad choice? In other words: is being attractive a blessing or a curse?


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