Gian Piero de Bellis

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Magic Words and False Gods

Communicating Beyond Society, Market, and Hypostatization

AUGUST 29, 2013 by GIAN PIERO DE BELLIS

Speaking of abstract concepts in concrete terms is a terrific way to prevent clear thinking or actual communication. You often hear "society" being used this way, and it's no different for "the market." Here's how to fix it.

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Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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