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How We Get Duped by Common Sense

Great talk by Physicist-turned-sociologist Duncan Watts on how we get duped by common sense. Watts, the author of Everything Is Obvious, shows how learning to question common assumptions can lead to better solutions.

Bad things happen not because we forget to use our common sense, but rather because the incredible effectiveness of common sense in solving the problems of everyday life causes us to put more faith in it than it can bear.


Still curious? Watts explores the downside of relying on common sense in his 2011 book, Everything is Obvious: Once You Know The Answer.