Monday, July 20, 2020

Magical Vs Scientific Thinking (Summary)

Magical Thinking
  • Resistant to objective evidence
  • Primarily uses amygdala (first part of brain to develop) for basic survival/instinct/intuitive thinking
  • Easy
  • Accepting claims without adequate evidence (gullible)
  • Difficulty changing opinions; closed-minded
  • Not verifiable
  • Sees meaning and connection in coincidences
  • Sees patterns when the phenomena are random
  • Uses logic to support claims when at least one premise is false
  • Emphasizes personal experience and common sense
  • Used by: the religious; alternatives to medicine promoters and users; conspiracy theorists; any other pseudoscience (false science) acceptor
  • Usually conservative politically (nostalgic for the past; tribal; focused on individual rights; cynical of "the other"; cynical of government; comfortable with authoritarian rule) 
Scientific Thinking
  • Accepts objective evidence
  • Primarily uses the frontal cortex (last part of brain to develop) for critical thinking
  • Hard
  • Accepting claims only with adequate objective evidence (skeptical)
  • Able to change opinions when warranted; open-minded
  • Verifiable through observation and experimentation
  • Accepts coincidences as part of the randomness of life only
  • Recognizes the difference between true patterns and randomness
  • Recognizes invalid and/or unsound arguments 
  • Recognizes that our brains have flaws and can fool us with biases
  • Usually progressive politically (looking forward; focused on human rights for all; global/big picture view; regulated capitalism/representative democracy; rejects authoritarian rule)
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