You Are Not So Smart Podcast 098 – Active Information Avoidance


The Topic: Active Information Avoidance


The cyberpunks, the Founding Fathers, 19th Century philosophers, and the Enlightenment thinkers – they all looked forward to the world in which we now live, a multimedia psychedelic freakout in which information is free, decentralized, democratized, and easy to access. What they didn’t count on though, was that we would choose to keep a whole lot of it out of our heads.

In this episode, we explore a psychological phenomenon called active information avoidance, the act of keeping our senses away from information that might be useful, and that we know is out there, but that we’d rather not learn.

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