Please help me research human "parity errors".
April 4, 2009 7:52 PM Subscribe
Can anyone point me to literature about conceptual "sign flipping" or "parity errors" and confusion of opposites in humans?
posted by rwhe to science & nature (30 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm interested in material about errors such as subtracting time instead of adding it, or vice versa, when converting local time to GMT; grammatical double negatives; the erroneous expression "I could care less"; confusing left with right when giving directions; and so on. The more general the discussion, the better.
Even suggestions of good keywords would be helpful. Googling "parity error" brings up pages of results about errors in computer RAM.
Yes, I am familiar with the paper called "The Ghost Not"
, but it comes with a lot of metaphysical luggage I'm happier not to lug.