Why We Want To Tune Out Complexity–And How We Can Address This

Why We Want To Tune Out Complexity–And How We Can Address This
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New research published by the American Psychological Association finds that the less we know about a complex social issue, the more we avoid becoming well-informed. We consider a few implications.

Paloma M. Vazquez
  • 22 november 2011

A recent piece at Sci Guru got us thinking about the old adage — and now verified cognitive bias — that states that ignorance is bliss. Research published by the American Psychological Association found that the less people know about complex issues like the economy or climate change, the less we’re inclined to educate ourselves about it. Additionally, the more urgent the issue, the more people want to remain unaware.

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