Human Brains Are Bad at Internet


It’s clear to me that our raised-on-the-savannah brains are not made to respond well to an advertiser-soaked Internet interested in buzzing us algorithmically to generate clicks.

Since that form of the Internet isn’t going away for a while, what can we do meanwhile to strengthen our brains against these kinds of attacks?

The proportionality bias is a tendency to believe that causes are proportional to effects in magnitude. Extreme events with momentous consequences have extreme, momentous causes. Mundane events have mundane causes. …Why then are there no conspiracy theories about the assassinations of Martin Luther King or Bobby Kennedy?

from The Skeptic’s Dictionary (