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Previously, I introduced the representativeness heuristic as a mental shortcut we all use to make quick judgments based not on the relevant information, but rather on representations of archetypes we already know. One representation we already know is that of the liberal.
I may not be living in the same reality you are. We may have wildly different reactions to the same stimulus. We may not just disagree on issues – our very interpretations of the world around us as facts or truth can be so far apart that my reality may be different from yours. How would we get there? It’s no accident. It’s reality building.
Remember this line of letters. I’ll quiz you at the end. NRAUSSREPANYPAMLKBLT
Turn on 24-hour cable news right now. Just do it. I know it’s annoying. But this is important. I’ll wait.
I have previously written about how people tend to gather and remember information best thru stories, or narratives. This is narrative bias.
.In my previous post about narrative bias, I detailed how telling stories is the preferred information-gathering system for us all. So if that is the case, what would a political narrative be? We’ll get to that…
Psychologists describe mental shortcut judgments we all make as ‘heuristics’.