Podcast 104: Brain Junk, the Infopocalypse, Negativity Bias, Dunning-Kruger Effect, and Wetiko Mind Viruses

In this week’s episode, John and Adam take a deep dive into the pros and cons of having too much information at our fingertips. Are we in the midst of an information overload? How do we know what’s true or false? With all the frightening new technologies coming down the pike, how can we even determine that what we’re seeing is real?

Are we entering a new dark age, an “Infopocalypse” if you will?

Adding insult to injury to all this is our penchant for focusing on the negative (negativity bias), as well as overestimating and underestimating our actual abilities – what’s called, the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

What’s that, you ask? Here, we’ll let John Cleese explain it for you:

But hey, things aren’t all that bad, are they? Maybe we’re just looking at all of this the wrong way.

Or maybe, just maybe, western civilization is suffering from a mind virus, a psychic pathogen that attaches itself to the unconscious, producing negative and destructive thought-forms – an evil spirit or energy the Native Americans called, Wetiko.

Depressed yet?

Then just listen to this, stop worrying, and be happy:

And now for the rest of your links:

That Time Anton LaVey Played Donkey Kong at Jacques Vallee’s House