Cognitive Traps with Leo


How do our minds trick us? In this long awaited episode I chat to psychology and politics expert Leo Bremanis about cognitive biases and heuristics. We discuss how it all relates to:

• manipulation
• behavioural economics
• marketing
• conspiracy theories
• fallacies
• the rise of fascism
• mental health
• anxiety
• evolutionary psychology
• mindfulness.

The history of Edward Bernays, Freud’s nephew and the father of Public Relations, is explored in Adam Curtis’ phenomenal documentary, the Century of the Self.

The Kirsten Dunst film I mention is called Melancholia and was directed by Lars Von Trier.

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