On the adaptive advantage of always being right (even when one is not)

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (6):521-522 (2009)
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Abstract

We propose another positive illusion that fits with McKay & Dennett's (M&D's) criteria for adaptive misbeliefs. This illusion is pervasive in adult reasoning but we focus on its prevalence in children's developing theories. It is a strongly held conviction arising from normal functioning of the doxastic system that confers adaptive advantage on the individual

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