Eventually, we all get duped. Everybody. It’s just impossible to make it through life without occasionally accepting something as fact that seems correct, only to find out later that it’s not. For instance, the idea that an ancient pyramid was found in Bosnia fooled a lot of otherwise sensible people. It seemed very believable on the surface. Or how about Piltdown Man? That was a clever forgery that got a few people. You see, there are a lot of sophisticated schemes out there designed to trick even the smartest, most observant person.
All I’m saying is that I have absolutely no reason to be ashamed that for the past 18 months I have been under the impression that a lion mutilated 42 midgets in a Cambodian ring fight.
Oh sure, laugh at me. When it’s tossed out there in the open, all naked and shivering, it’s pretty obvious that it’s a totally made up story, but believe you me, had you come across this one morning (pre-coffee!) as you scanned news headlines on the web, I assure you that you, too, would immediately skim the article with interest before firing it over to your coworker with a note saying, “How did my 20-year recurring nightmare end up on the newswire?”
Anyway, I just wanted you all to know: when it comes to critical thinking, I’m not necessarily better than everyone else. Sometimes I’m much, much worse.