Fake news will thrive as long we are happy to see only what we want to see

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Two very different cases reveal the grave risks of misreporting and misinterpretation

  • Kenan Malik
  • The Guardian

If a gorilla walked right in front of your eyes, you wouldn’t miss it, would you?

Actually, half the country probably would.

In a classic 1999 experiment, psychologists Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons showed people a video of basketball players, some wearing white shirts, some wearing black, and asked them to count how many times the players in white passed the ball. Halfway through the film, a woman in a…

Extraordinarily, more than half of Chabris’s and…

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