I want to run something by you that has been on my mind since Saturday because it hits on some of the themes I have been writing about in my journalism and media posts for the past couple of months.
Suspension of disbelief and troll factories
If you recall, I wrote a post about two months ago on suspension of disbelief as critical to processing data. There was some research that suggested we are biased to believing what we hear is true — because “speakers usually do tell the truth.” This was interesting to me because the researchers also said that “an early bias toward believing the speaker is adaptive” – meaning we can change our bias toward believing to one toward disbelief, if the situation warrants it.
And I've been thinking about this in the context of propaganda, and how sophist...
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Edward Harrison is the founder of Credit Writedowns and a former career diplomat, investment banker and technology executive with over twenty five years of business experience. He has also been a regular economic and financial commentator in print and on television for the past decade. He speaks six languages and reads another five, skills he uses to provide a more global perspective. Edward holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.