The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight (from

An interesting post about the intersection of naive realism, group dynamics, perception, and attribution.I’ve not read the book from the post’s author, but I think I’ll add it to my “I really should read this someday soon” stack.

A preview of the post’s conclusion:  Other people form into groups, and those group memberships affect how people’s perceptions and meaning-making in not very helpful ways.  Of course, YOU probably don’t do that.  YOU probably don’t let group membership affect your judgment or perception in any way.  I know nobody at the University of Oregon does.  But I’m sure other people do.

TOTH to Scott Peppet.



3 thoughts on “The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight (from”

  1. That article was really interesting; I’d never heard about the study with the campers, but I always loved lord of the flies (also addicted to Lost).

    I wonder what large scale acknowledgment of the fact that we all to some degree put these types of socially identifiable “masks” on would have on our practical interactions – and conflicts – with others within our larger “in groups” (Or even within a large employer with internal ethics procedures, I’m thinking Starbucks).

    Perhaps organizations that recognize this trend could develop policies to promote genuine honesty about the facade as an addition to their internal dispute resolution procedures. Maybe venting about TPS reports would have saved the life of a copier machine in one screenplay company that I’m thinking of.

  2. That was an awesome read. I really enjoyed his analysis and how he connected it to the Sherif experiment.

    Also, quick compliment on your follow-up joke. I thought it was funny, and would like to spend more time with other people who thought it was funny.

    Anyone who doesn’t find that funny probably isn’t as smart as me.

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