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August 08, 2010



Many ideological tropes are not simple untruths, but have a base - and occasionally a large one - in fact.

Such as...


Great post.

But I think you mis-typed in the sentence: "For example, seeing Mark Thompson umm and err make lead us to think him articulate"


@ Sean - thanks. Correction made.
@ Andrew. Apart from the above, how about?:
1. "Inequalities are necessary to provide incentives." This is true insofar as it is an argument against complete equality (given motives as they are). But it probably falls well short of justifiying actual inequality.
2. The endowment effect/status quo bias and adaptive preferences lead to strong support for the existing order. But they also act as a counterweight to an optimism bias or tendency to underestimate unforeseen effects which can lead to an excessive desire for change.


Mirror has got it wrong; Socrates never won the world cup.

Chris Williams

How does this 'framing effect' differ from the 'fundamental attribution error', or are they both different names for the same thing?


@Chris - they are two different things. The framing effect says we see things in the contenxt of past events; the FAE says we over-estimate the role of individual agency.
Say, for example, someone believes that "poverty breeds terrorism". They might then attribute a new terrorist attack to poverty, before assessing the evidence. They are then committing the framing effect, but certainly not the FAE.

Cliff Tolputt

I'm not sure if you can all access this link:

but the New York Times carries an article "The Horror Show," by Bob Herbert which highlights the unemployment problem in the United States.


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