Anyone questioning why a report highlighting the disconnect between how our world is and how we often think it is goes under the title “the Perils of Perception” need look no further than slightly east and further west towards Brexit and Donald Trump.
The surprise election of the latter as US president in late 2016 and the ratification of the former months earlier show how important our perceptions are when we make decisions. Perilous misperceptions can reshape our world in ways which would once have been unimaginable.
One of the key reasons UK voters gave for backing Brexit by a slim margin four years ago was because they believed – or were led to believe – that the level of immigration in the UK was much higher than it actually was.
Trump, meanwhile, was swept to power in the US at least in part because he and his surrogates carefully
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