It is routine for sane, sincere and intelligent people to see and hear things that are not there. We misidentify things that are there, misremember events, misinterpret personal experiences and fail miserably at logically assessing evidence. These well-documented human phenomena occur all the time. In his book, 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think are True (Prometheus Books), author Guy P. Harrison not only shows why there is ample room for doubt regarding many common beliefs, but how the natural processes of our brains cause us to stumble when trying to determine the validity of a claim or personal experience. So, let’s ponder six popular misconceptions … which you may have long accepted as fact.
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