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I’ve read a lot of history in my lifetime and I’ve interacted with thousands of fellow humans in a wide variety of circumstances. It’s pretty clear to me that while there are occasional conspiracies, most of the time things happen because the human brain isn’t evolved to do much reasoning and has zero capacity for consistency-checking. Thus people believe in nonsense and don’t realize when two of their beliefs are mutually incompatible and we…