Episode 82 The Knowledge Illusion With Steven Sloman

The complexities of society have become dependent on increasingly complicated science and highly specialized knowledge to function. At the same time, the average person’s understanding of the world is weaker than ever. In this interview Dr. Risk and Steven Sloman will be discussing his book “The Knowldege illusion” and exploring this phenomenon.

Topics Covered In This Episode:

  • What inspired you to write this book
  • What is the knowledge illusion?
  • Why don’t we realize the depth of our ignorance?
  • What is the community of knowledge?
  • Why is this important?
  • What is cognitive science?
  • Is it possible to judge how much we know/how ignorant we are?
  • How do we get by knowingly only a small amount of what there is to know and take ourselves seriously?
  • How do we think? (Causal Reasoning)
  • Why do we often think something that isn’t true?
  • How do our intuitions affect us?
  • How do our bodies help us understand things?
  • How are we community minded?
  • How does community knowledge affect us thinking more than we do know?
  • How has technology changed how we think?
  • There are many cases where people have the opposite opinion of what is proven by science.  How does this happen?
  • What happens when science proves something that goes against community thinking?
  • What shape’s peoples’ attitudes towards politics?
  • How can we learn to trust science?
  • How can we change how people view their own knowledge?
  • How can someone get ahold of you/your book/your website?