Re: Malfunctions of the mind

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Wed, 14 Jul 1999 17:21:12 -0500 wrote:
> Jacques Vallee calls this the "ratchet effect." Once "converted" to a
> specific way of viewing the world, a person will cling to this viewpoint even
> when faced with overwhelming evidence that he or she is wrong. This is the
> glitch that allows conspiracy mongers to perpetuate wild tales--and,
> simalarly, allows their great appeal in our society.
> Mac Tonnies

I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about people with brain damage whose left arms are paralyzed and who cannot admit it. "Why didn't you move your hand?" "I didn't want to." Anosognosia - look it up.

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