231 - On Being Certain - Robert Burton (rebroadcast)

You Are Not So Smart

Apr 17 2022 • 54 mins

In this episode, we sit down with neurologist Robert Burton, author of On Being Certain, a book that fundamentally changed the way I think about what a belief actually is. That’s because the book posits conclusions are not conscious choices, and certainty is not even a thought process. Certainty and similar states of “knowing,” as he puts it, are "sensations that feel like thoughts, but arise out of involuntary brain mechanisms that function independently of reason." Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.