Do you see the foxes?

Don’t you just love funny, charming and enthusiastic people?
Of course you do.
That’s why speakers, consultants, and politicians hone those skills.
So you’ll feel good about them and buy into their agendas.
That’s how our brains are wired.
Our impulsive, feeling mind leads us.
It directs our attention, and guides our reflections and decisions.
Especially when we’re overloaded and under stress.
But that wiring can lead us astray.
And in an age of endless posturing, it’s wise to be aware of that propensity.
To observe our own thoughts and learn to spot the foxes.
In the 1970s, “Dr. Myron L. Fox” gave a brilliant talk on mathematical game theory.
To a classroom of educators, graduate students, MDs and PhDs.
The astute audience was quite engaged with his lecture.
In fact, they rated the “Doctor’s” performance quite highly.
They even believed they learned new material.
But “Dr. Fox” was literally a fox.
A cunning actor skilled at getting an audience to believe.
His “lecture” was nothing more than an experiment, a meaningless show.
Filled with “an excessive use of double talk, neologisms, non sequiturs, and contradictory statements.”
But he spouted his nonsense with authority.
And he did so in a charming and seductive manner.
So much so that no one noticed that he didn’t really say a damn thing.
I’ve been doing a lot of looking.
And, I don’t know about you, but I see foxes.
I’m not in the business of pointing them out.
But I thought you should know.
They’re everywhere.