The false consensus effect belongs in a category of psychological effects that are fundamentally needed to understand human thinking but also quite poorly understood. It has been replicated over and over during the last 40 years but the exact reasons for it existing are still speculated on. In this episode we delve into the paradoxes of human thinking; why do people constantly think everyone thinks like we do while also showing cognitive dissonance and biased prejudices that mean we assume others don’t think like us too. There is no stamp on the brain saying it has to be consistent or logical in its thinking and nowhere is this better exemplified in the mental gymnastics that the false consensus effect requires us to go through with only the most cursory probing. Tune in to find out more.