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Confidence.

Evolution seems to have "equipped" us with a tendency to believe that which is stated with seeming confidence and an appropriate tone.  Perhaps in addition to reading, writing, arithmetic, science and speech our schools should have courses in which the students are not only randomly but convincingly lied to with various degrees of subtlety, as they are today, but also graded on their ability to sort out the lies.  This could also be used to arm them against being told falsehoods that they would like to believe.  They would, of course, also have to be taught how to "go along" in courses in which it is not the point for the lies to be detected.

Fat chance that!  Except on the subversive impulses of some faculty.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Aug 6th, 2009 at 12:31:38 PM EST
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