Fighting Fake News: Part 2

Credit: Designerpics.com

Credit: Designerpics.com

This is another bit-sized blog post today, instead of the usual long-form stuff that I usually write. I just listened to a podcast episode on The Art of Charm where the guest, Alex Kouts of Countable, spoke about the seven deadly sins (no, not those) of reading and consuming the news that basically all of us fall victim to every day. I noticed how nicely it complemented my earlier post about fake news and thus felt compelled to share this with you all.

Argue like you’re right and listen like you’re wrong
— Adam Grant

From confirmation biases to (my personal favorite) the "appeal to emotion" fallacy, this interview is a fantastic, down-to-earth look at how easy it is to abandon reason and rationality when we both consume and discuss the news.

It's about an hour long, so I recommend listening to it on your commute to work/school/at the gym. Without further ado, here's the link; just download it on whatever device you're using and enjoy!

Everybody is one extreme experience away from changing their mind on almost anything.
— Alex Kouts

See you, Space Cowboy