Cognitive Biases

Came across this today and thought I’d share it here:

The 12 Cognitive Biases That Prevent You From Being Rational

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8 thoughts on “Cognitive Biases

  1. That’s the kind of thing I’ve been learning as much about as I can the past few years. I’ve been writing and teaching courses on this for teens as well – the regular school curriculum tends to skip this stuff entirely. Confirmation Bias is one of the more important things to understand if you are going to make rational decisions, and too few people seem to know about it.

      • No kidding, this should be taught in every school. Think of how many problems we have because of these biases. If we were taught to understand why we behave like we do, maybe a light bulb can go off when we recognize these situations and we can have a more rational response.

  2. Almost nothing that humans do on a daily basis is founded on rationality. And I doubt there will ever come a time when we do. When you start paying attention to this and noticing it, chances are it will drive you mad with frustration. It is difficult to not jump in and probe for the reasons that people do the things that they do. Because so many of our decisions are so obviously irrational when you look at them objectively. I find that when you try and scratch below the surface of these things, people quickly become very defensive about it. I know it sometimes drives my wife crazy, because I rarely want to just “go with my gut” on a lot of things. Humans like the comfort of consistency, even if it’s wrong or rarely achieves the most favorable end. It is quite an interesting human foible. I find it utterly fascinating.

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