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Moses and the Lazy Brain @HuntingEnglish

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“How many animals each kind did Moses bring onto the Ark?”

Did you get it right? Two. Of course. Er, not quite. If you didn’t notice already, there is a fundamental error evident in the question. The answer is zero. Noah was at the helm of the Ark, not Moses. This common mental mishap is an example of the ‘Moses illusion‘ (Erickson & Mattson, 1981). This easy mistake is an example of how our brains are inherently lazy, seeking the ease of unthinking autopilot to chart our way through each and every day.

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