A BBC Audio Segment on Self-Deception

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Why our brains convince us our decisions were right, even when the facts may suggest we were wrong.

Listen to it all.

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Posted May 29, 2008 at 12:10 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Adam 12 wrote:

I wish they had used an example from history rather than searching current politics for illustrations. Doing so diverts the subject and the points being made.

May 29, 5:04 pm | [comment link]
2. Sidney wrote:

I can’t believe they talked for over 5 minutes without bringing up the subject of illogical religious beliefs.  Try convincing a convert that he or she made a mistake.  But maybe, as #1 suggests, that would have further muddled the subject.

Other than religion, the most obvious instance of this effect is with marriage.  Nobody ever admits they made a mistake marrying their spouse until the divorce.

May 29, 7:17 pm | [comment link]
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