I wish every high school in America taught three things. Actually, I wish every high school in America taught a lot of things, but these are the things I am focusing on right now:
- A basic rundown of logical fallacies, but especially the straw man argument, the false dichotomy, and the sunk costs fallacy;
- An understanding of apophenia; and
- The meaning of cognitive dissonance.
It would utterly change political, social and religious discourse in this country.
If you’re unfamiliar with these terms, then Google them. I swear they’re easy to understand, even if they sound a little esoteric. I’m like half an imbecile, and I totally get them.