Recently, I wrote about why we believe lies. When we encounter something new, we have to decide whether we believe it or not. We follow a kind of algorithm to decide:
- The information activates a network of associations.
- We compare the new information to similar information that is located in the network.
- If it seems similar — this is an imperfect emotional comparison — we believe it. If not, we don’t.
- Thinking is hard, so unless something rouses our suspicions, we simply accept it without further consideration.
The challenge is to write about a lie. Either one you told, one you believed, or one you didn’t believe. Of course, when I say lie, I include something that you thought was true but wasn’t.
- Make it a tale.
- Tell us about what it was like.
- Why did you tell it, believe it, or not believe it?
- Were you aware of the associative network as you were telling it, believing it, or disbelieving it?
- What was correcting the record like?
- Tag: BelieveLies
- Deadline: Friday 5 August 2016