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I suspect we adopt irrational positions when we have an implicit choice available and our frame of mind, owing to biological factors such as stress hormone levels, favors rapid choices over thoughtful reflection on the circumstances we face. Dual process theory provides a decent framework for thinking about this. There is a remarkable body of literature ...


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I'll go about this question focusing on the definitions, rather than jumping onto the answer proper. Clarifying definitions may already help you a step closer to an answer. On the other hand, the first id[e]ology [of children] got in their head by their parents. So is that not also brainwashing of a sort? the definition of Brainwashing...: a ...


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As pointed out in the comments, there are many different questions in your post, and it lacks a clear focus and structure, plus you introduce many assumptions that I think are incorrect (e.g., the definition of real is not "what we can perceive through our senses"). Having said that, and to cut to the chase, the answer is: yes, our thoughts are real. You ...


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Here are some reasons I collected that can explain why we have wrong ideas: Naïve realism Egocentrism Illusion of transparency Self-conscious emotions


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