The Knowledge Illusion with Steven Sloman
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Date: July 3, 2017
Episode Description for “The Knowledge Illusion“
The complexities of society have become dependent on increasingly complicated science and highly specialized knowledge to function. At the same time, the average person’s understanding of the world is weaker than ever. In this interview Dr. Risk and Steven Sloman will be discussing his book “The Knowldege illusion” and exploring this phenomenon.
Dr. Risk’s Thoughts
I sought out Steven Sloman to do this show because I wanted to better understand some mindsets that I came up to in my every day life. Lyme Disease is completely denied and doctors even become angry when it is mentioned. I have a lot of trouble understanding this, because the science, and the suffering, are proof enough to me that they exist. Our mindsets are stuck with what others are saying, and it’s very difficult for us to think outside the box. I hope that we can see the light slowly and makes some changes.
Steven Sloman is a Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University where he has worked since 1992. He did his PhD in Psychology at Stanford University from 1986-1990 and then did post-doctoral research for two years at the University of Michigan. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cognition. Steven is a cognitive scientist who studies how people think. He has studied how our habits of thought influence the way we see the world, how the different systems that constitute thought interact to produce conclusions, conflict, and conversation, and how our construal of how the world works influences how we evaluate events and decide what actions to take. In 2005, he published the book Causal Models: How We Think About the World and Its Alternatives with Oxford University Press. His recent book with Phil Fernbach, The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone, is now on sale.