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March 21, 2022

Collective illusions lie to. Here’s what they are, with Todd Rose
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“Collective illusions” is a situation where most people in a group go along with an opinion they don’t agree with, simply because they incorrectly believe that the majority also agrees with it.

We’ve known about collective illusions for over 100 years, but the cultural and technological conditions have changed. Today, creating and sustaining these illusions is so easy that they proliferate at a speed we’ve never seen in history.

From trust and conformity to aspiration, this new series, hosted by Todd Rose, explores and decodes the world's greatest Collective Illusions.

Read the trailer transcript: bigthink.com/series/collective-illusions/what-are-collective-illusions

This series is brought to you by Stand Together: a community of change makers tackling the biggest challenges. Learn more standtogether.org/

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About Todd Rose:
Todd Rose is the co-founder and president of Populace, a think tank committed to ensuring that all people have the opportunity to pursue fulfilling lives in a thriving society. Prior to Populace, he was a faculty member at Harvard University where he founded the Laboratory for the Science of Individuality and directed the Mind, Brain, and Education program. Todd is the best selling author of Collective Illusions, Dark Horse, and The End of Average. He lives in Burlington, Massachusetts.

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Read more of the stories on society’s illusions:
Is free will an illusion?
►► bigthink.com/neuropsych/free-will-moaz/
Are you superior to others? Or is it an illusion?
►► bigthink.com/neuropsych/illusory-superiority/
Penn Jillette: The year that shattered America’s illusions
►► bigthink.com/the-present/penn-jillette-live-2020/

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