How the human brain is hardwired to fall for obvious falsehoods, and the unfortunate consequences that follow from this fact.

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We humans persistently over-rate our intellectual capabilities. We watch TV shows and movies that pretend memory is like a videotape: infallible, and capable of being replayed later with perfect fidelity. We imagine our narrow incomplete view of the world is a universal and comprehensive perspective. And we almost never…