We’re All Guilty

The following, brilliant quote comes from Sam Harris’ latest best-seller “The Moral Landscape.”

The point: it’s easy and natural to base our ideas and lives on biases and irrational beliefs rooted in familial and societal pressures.

“Reasoning errors aside, we know that people often acquire their beliefs about the world for reasons that are more emotional and social than strictly cognitive. Wishful thinking, self-serving bias, in-group loyalties, and frank self-deception can lead to monstrous departures from the norms of rationality. Most beliefs are evaluated against a background of other beliefs and often in the context of an ideology that a person shares with others. Consequently, people are rarely as open to revising their views as reason would seem to dictate.”

Groupthink is a powerful thing.