Friday, July 23, 2010

don't rolf my chakras, man

Here's a couple of interesting links. Firstly this New York Times article which starts off as a discussion of the Dunning-Kruger effect (as previously mentioned here) and then segues into some fascinating musings on anosognosia and similar forms of cognitive impairment.

You'll be wanting a bit of light relief after that, so here's a post from the excellent Crispian Jago's blog which presents a periodic table of irrational nonsense. While that's amusing in itself, arguably even more so is the highly humorous humourlessness of some of the commenters when their particular blind spot is mocked: I was with you through ouija boards and Nostradamus, but how dare you criticise ear candling, etc., etc.

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