The misunderstood limits of folk science: an illusion of explanatory depth

@article{Rozenblit2002TheML,
  title={The misunderstood limits of folk science: an illusion of explanatory depth},
  author={Leonid Rozenblit and Frank C. Keil},
  journal={Cognitive science},
  year={2002},
  volume={26 5},
  pages={
          521-562
        }
}
People feel they understand complex phenomena with far greater precision, coherence, and depth than they really do; they are subject to an illusion-an illusion of explanatory depth. The illusion is far stronger for explanatory knowledge than many other kinds of knowledge, such as that for facts, procedures or narratives. The illusion for explanatory knowledge is most robust where the environment supports real-time explanations with visible mechanisms. We demonstrate the illusion of depth with… CONTINUE READING

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