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I wonder: were people in the developed world irrational on this level a few decades ago, or is this an effect of the fracturing of the public sphere into groups providing confirmation bias and quickly constructing whole mythologies with the advent of private media and the internet?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Apr 10th, 2014 at 02:55:41 PM EST
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It's a good question.
It's really hard to know - the flip side is that we don't have a record of what people thought so much. We know about politically active people, but not so much about ordinary people. At least not to speak generally, I'm sure we can all collect data points...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Apr 10th, 2014 at 03:11:11 PM EST
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