Abstract

The notion of decoupling, suggested by Cosmides and Tooby as a way to explain how audiences are protected against the misleadingly false aspects of narratives, is itself crucially misleading. The behavioral and linguistic evidence suggests, rather, that the processes by which we protect ourselves from misinformation a) don't work reliably enough to suggest that they are automatic, and b) all seem to be culturally dependent in ways that evolved adaptations could not be. The evolutionary argument itself suggests that it would actually be maladaptive if the making of such distinctions were automatic and decontextualized.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2095
Print ISSN
0049-2426
Pages
pp. 177-198
Launched on MUSE
2001-01-01
Open Access
No
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