Sharing Information is What Makes Us Uniquely Human

Other primates don’t seem to share their own desires and intentions with others, which leads to a lack of cooperation in a lot of domains. 

The question of what’s uniquely human is a big one and depending on who you ask you might get really different answers. 

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Sharing might be the defining characteristic of being human. We are also very good at learning from others. The problem, however, is that we lack the proper filters and are largely unaware of how easily we are influenced by other people.

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From falling prey to expectations to taking advice from friends, an understanding of our cognitive evolution helps us avoid misperceiving the limits of our knowledge.

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Cognitive science reveals that policymakers should better understand how deeply our decisions are influenced by the presentation of choices.