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50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior by Scott O. Lilienfeld
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“ولعل أحد الأمثلة المألوفة على "الجهل الجمعي" يتجسد في "سيناريو قاعة المحاضرات الصامتة" الذي يقع فور انتهاء محاضرة تترك الطلاب في حيره و ذهول، فحالما تنتهي المحاضرة يسأل الأستاذ: "هل لدى أي منكم أسئلة؟"، ولا ينطق أي شخص ببنت شفة، وينظر كل فرد في حجرة الدراسة حوله في قلق ليرى غيره من الطلاب يجلسون في هدوء، ويفترض مخطئًا أن الجميع سواه قد فهموا المحاضرة.”
Scott O. Lilienfeld, 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior
“Equally popular are speed reading courses, many of which promise to increase people’s reading speeds from a mere 100 or 200 words per minute to 10,000 or even 25,000 words per minute (Carroll, 2003). Yet researchers have found that none of these courses boost people’s reading speeds without decreasing their reading comprehension (Carver, 1987). What’s more, most of the reading speeds advertised by these courses exceed the maximum reading speed of the human eyeball, which is about 300 words per minute (Carroll, 2003). A word to the wise: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is (Sagan, 1995).”
Scott O. Lilienfeld, 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior
“(3) The acceptance of psychological myths can impede our critical thinking in other areas. As astronomer Carl Sagan (1995) noted, our failure to distinguish myth from reality in one domain of scientific knowledge, such as psychology, can easily spill over to a failure to distinguish fact from fiction in other vitally important areas of modern society. These domains include genetic engineering, stem cell research, global warming, pollution, crime prevention, schooling, day care, and overpopulation, to name merely a few. As a consequence, we may find ourselves at the mercy of policy-makers who make unwise and even dangerous decisions about science and technology. As Sir Francis Bacon reminded us, knowledge is power. Ignorance is powerlessness.”
Scott O. Lilienfeld, 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior
“The fact that we’ve heard a claim repeated over and over again doesn’t make it correct. But it can lead us to accept this claim as correct even when it’s not, because we can confuse a statement’s familiarity with its accuracy”
Scott O. Lilienfeld, 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior