Outrage 19 – What do scams and outrage porn have in common? – Christopher Chabris

Aired Aug 9, 2023

You might remember the internet sensation that was “The Invisible Gorilla,” a captivating experiment that became a viral meme and forever changed the way we see our own perceptions.

Now, the two leading psychologists who brought us the invisible gorilla, Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris, have a brand new book: Nobody’s Fool: Why We Get Taken In and What We Can Do about It.

Dr. Chabris unveils the cognitive shortcuts that shape our beliefs and decisions without our conscious awareness. Prepare to be astonished as we uncover how our minds cling to familiar information, potentially leading us to become victims of misinformation in today’s age of information overload.

Dr. Chabris equips us with practical strategies to become discerning consumers of information. Learn how to spot red flags, question assumptions, and safeguard yourself against manipulation. This episode is not just thought-provoking, but it’s an eye-opener that empowers you to navigate the treacherous waters of misinformation.

So, if you’re ready to challenge your beliefs and unveil the secrets of your mind, don’t miss this must-listen conversation with Dr. Chris Chabris. Your cognitive resilience is about to level up, and you’ll emerge from this episode armed with the tools to navigate our complex information landscape with clarity and confidence. Tune in now and embrace the power of knowledge to become a more informed and resilient thinker in today’s fast-paced world.

Christopher Chabris is a Professor at Geisinger, a healthcare system in Pennsylvania, where he co-directs the Behavioral Insights Team (“nudge unit”). He previously taught at Union College and Harvard University, and he is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Chris received his Ph.D. in psychology and A.B. in computer science from Harvard. His research focuses on attention, decision-making, intelligence, and behavior genetics. His work has been published in leading journals including Science, Nature, PNAS, and Perception. Chris is also a chess master and co-author of the bestseller The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us, published in 20 languages.



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Outrage Overload is a podcast about the outrage industry, my journey to discover what it is, how it affects us, and what we can do about it.