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Edu/ ojf Abstract: McKay & Dennett (M&D) argue that positive illusions are a plausible candidate for a class of evolutionarily “selected for” misbeliefs. I argue (Flanagan 1991; 2007) that the class of alleged positive illusions is a hodge-podge, and that some of its members are best understood as positive attitudes, hopes, and the like, not as beliefs at all. Since positive illusions are the one example McKay & Dennett (M&D) find of a bona fide contender for an adaptive evolutionary favored epistemic disability, my view (Flanagan 1991; 2007) that positive illusions may not be a class of well-behaved misbeliefs at all should matter.

In fact, the science of social psychology can be seen as the science of how small changes in situations can lead to large changes in beliefs and behavior (Ross & Nisbett 1991). Humans are social animals. We need to feel out and respond flexibly to new situations and this includes inferring or absorbing the (mis)beliefs that go with the new situations. If anything, it is our readiness to adopt prevalent beliefs or misbeliefs that is built into us, rather than the beliefs or misbeliefs themselves.

Consider the male sexual overperception bias. A misbelief that a woman is sexually interested could facilitate access to sexual opportunities in at least three ways. First, it could provide the motivational impetus for courtship behavior. Second, it could allay a man’s anxiety about being rejected, eliminating a common cognitive barrier to initiating courtship (Kugeares 2002). , “I thought she was sending me sexual signals, but it turns out I was wrong”). Third, a man’s misbelief, by motivating attraction tactics or elevating confidence, could transform a woman who is initially sexually uninterested in him into one who is sexually interested – an outcome showing that the initial misbelief itself can sometimes provide functional benefits.

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