Elon Musk: Debug Your Brain

Craig Bannister | December 1, 2021 | 11:01am EST
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People should be taught how to debug their brains and purge mental malware, billionaire Tesla CEO and SpaceX Founder Elon Musk says.

Replying to a tweet warning of “hypnosis” and “mind control” by Mike Salona, a V.P. at the Founders Fund technology investment firm, Musk called for schools to install “better mental firewalls” in middle school students by teaching them critical thinking skills:

Mike Salona: “seems like we should all be a lot more concerned about the fact that hypnosis is a real thing? mind control: real, basically. why does this not matter???”

Elon Musk’s Reply to Salona: “The overarching problem is that we need better mental firewalls for the information constantly coming at us. Critical & first principles thinking should be a required course in middle school. Who wrote the software running in your head? Are you sure you actually want it there?”

But, critical thinking still leaves people vulnerable to being duped by media hoaxes and propaganda falsehoods, so what actually needs to be taught is how to detect B.S., “Dilbert” Cartoonist Scott Adams commented:

Scott Adams' Comment on Musk: “75% of the best critical thinkers in America fell for 5-10 obvious major media hoaxes in the past five years (and still don’t know it). We also need to teach bullshit detection. That’s different.”

Even so, people don’t actually want to be free of the B.S. in their brains, Economics PhD suggested, in reply to Adams’ proposal:

Economics PhD Andreas Backhaus reply to Adams: “I'm becoming less and less convinced though that humans generally want less bullshit in their brains.”

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