A group of blind men come across an elephant and decide to figure out what it is. The first blind man wanders up to the tail and feels the rough hairs at its end and announces proudly that he has figured it out. “It’s a rope,” he announces. The second blind man feels the ear and contradicts the first one, “No, my friend. I think you’re mistaken. It’s obviously a palm leaf.” The third blind man feeling the elephant’s trunk writhing in his hands screams, “You fools! It’s a snake. Get away from it.” The fourth blind man feels the leg and insists they’re all touching a column. The fifth feels the side and screams at the top of his lungs that it’s obviously a wall. They then proceed to spend their time beating each other up and abusing each other as fools for not seeing things “as they are.” In some versions, the blind men kill each other over their conflicting views. This story was originally about religion but it does a good job of capturing the modern world. All of our conflicting beliefs about economics, education, health, fitness and the environment are somehow describing the same reality. In theory, we should all recognize that we are blind, calm down and grope our way around until we figure out a view of the world that makes sense of all the pieces. Why don’t we? Naive realism. We think we see things as they are. We think that everybody else is in a cargo cult but not us. And that is why, as of this writing, so few people in the world have even a white belt in mixed mental arts.