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The failure of folk psychology within psychology

Frequently in psychology, many will proclaim that they could have provided an answer before you ran the experiment. This reminds me of people who walk into an art gallery or listen to a piece of music before announcing that they could have created exactly the same thing or something superiour. Of course, after taking a  few more seconds to think about any piece of art, most of us would admit that even if it was possible to recreate something very similar, we probably wouldn't know why we were engaged with the activity without thinking very deeply about the subject and the underlying message. That said, if the goal of art is to elicit a response, I suppose ' I could do that ' does in itself satisfy that condition! But even in science, psychology appears to elicit this response more than say, theoretical physics. There are many reasons, not least that a psychology paper is far more likely to reach the mainstream media than one published in theoretical physics. Even wi