cognitive bias

cognitive bias

  • The world is complex, far too complex for our human brains. And yet, ...

    Cognitive Bias - The world is complex, far too complex for our human brainsThe world is complex, far too complex for our human brains. And yet, we have no difficulty describing what is happening around us, well, at least to interpret these complex realities through... simple stories.

    We tell ourselves these stories, not consciously, but instinctively, mechanically, impulsively. We can't help but find a common thread , link the actors and events into "logic" sequences. And we do this, even when we look at the clouds, "this one looks like a giraffe that is drinking," or when we listen to music "that melody is cheerful!". We even do that instinctively while looking at basic symmetrical shapes moving around! (You can experiment that by watching the fun video in the linked article). We also tell ourselves these stories when we are faced with phenomena

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  • Are we really in control of our decisions?

      Dan Ariely presents some ideas from Daniel Kahneman in a more accessible way. Ariely uses different optical illusions to remind us how our senses deceive us. Our senses, our intuitions are tricking us all the time. Even more curious, he shows us how we persist in our mistakes even when we become aware of them.   Our intuitions consistently and predictably mislead us, and there is nothing we can do about it! We are making and repeating these mistakes, yet predictable, despite the fact that our sense of vision is the result of hundreds of thousands of years of evolution. We can then imagine the difficulty we face when we have to make rational choices in areas where we are less trained and much less efficient ...    Unlike some critical capabilities ―that we practice several hours per day since tens of thousands of years (e.g. finding the words to make a sentence) and are supported by specialized parts of the brain (e.g. the Broca area)―, a multitude of complex decisions we...

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  • Our brains evolved for a very different world than the one in which we are living...

    Our brains evolved for a very different world than the one in which we are living. They evolved for a world in which people lived in very small groups, rarely met anybody who was terribly different from themselves, had rather short lives in which there were few choices and the highest priority was to eat and mate today. Dan Gilbert is a professor of psychology at Harvard University. His research in social psychology about affective forecasting, emphasizing on cognitive biases (errors of judgment), has been worldwide recognized.   We are the only species on this planet that has ever held its own fate in its hands. We have no significant predators, we're the masters of our physical environment; the things that normally cause species to become extinct are no longer any threat to us... And yet, the only thing -the only thing- that can destroy us and doom us are our own decisions -our limitation to make thoughtful decisions. If we're not here in 10,000 years, it's going to be...

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  • "Human nature waits for suffering to do something really unique: to examine the way we think and behave"

      We waits to suffer from an accident, diagnosis or a mourning to begin to question our life.But we have the ability to change without having to suffer: by changing our way of doing things and our way of thinking...                         Video on YouTube       Related articles

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