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    Lightbulb Cognitive Biases

    I love this kind of stuff... I have 24 cognitive biases to share with you over the next few weeks (Hopefully one a day for the next 24 days...). I hope these can be fun, beneficial, and enlightening. Stay tuned please.

    Cognitive biases make our judgments irrational. We have evolved to use shortcuts in our thinking, which are often useful, but a cognitive bias means there’s a kind of misfiring going on causing us to lose objectivity.

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    The first thing you judge influences your judgment of all that follows.

    Human minds are associative in nature, so the order in which we receive information helps determine the course of our judgments and perceptions.

    Be especially mindful of this bias during financial negotiations such as houses, cars, and salaries. The initial price offered is proven to have a significant effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atheist View Post
    I love this kind of stuff... I have 24 cognitive biases to share with you over the next few weeks (Hopefully one a day for the next 24 days...). I hope these can be fun, beneficial, and enlightening. Stay tuned please.
    I'm getting a very strong feeling of deja vu here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frosty View Post
    I'm getting a very strong feeling of deja vu here.
    I'd post this stuff on 50 forums if I could. I love this stuff and I think it is important too.

    Note: I love cheesecake... but I ain't sharin' my cheesecake.

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    It's too bad that no matter how logical this primer might be that few will be convinced to change their belief systems.

    If they even know what they believe anymore.




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    Quote Originally Posted by baddfingerz View Post
    It's too bad that no matter how logical this primer might be that few will be convinced to change their belief systems.

    If they even know what they believe anymore.
    Change the world one person at a time... and (in time) I will have a bias that suits your reply.

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    Confirmation Bias

    I could definitely open a thread for discussion on just this one particular bias. It is deep rooted, and comes into play often. I don't think anyone can avoid this bias, so recognition is important. Confirmation Bias has been called "The Mother Of All Cognitive Biases".

    I disagree... it is the mother and father of all cognitive biases.



    You favor things that confirm your existing beliefs.

    We are primed to see and agree with ideas that fit our preconceptions, and to ignore and dismiss information that conflicts with them.

    Think of your ideas and beliefs as software you're actively trying to find problems with rather than things to be defended.

    "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool."
    - Richard Feynman
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    Aren't these just common sense?

    No one is truly objective, nor should they be. To be truly objective you'd have to be completely empty-headed.

    and 'objective' relative to what? relating complete objectivity to anything makes it biased, so it only exists in a vacuum and is nonsensical imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BondJmsBond View Post
    Aren't these just common sense?

    No one is truly objective, nor should they be. To be truly objective you'd have to be completely empty-headed.

    and 'objective' relative to what? relating complete objectivity to anything makes it biased, so it only exists in a vacuum and is nonsensical imo.
    Think of the gulf between Trumpians and non-Trumpians in US at the moment. They are each looking only at the things that support their view of the world and ignoring the rest, even the hard, solid evidence that challenges their views. Tax, health, education, poverty, climate change, and so on. The partisans won't look (and can't see) the data that conflicts with their views.

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    Sorry, but the guy is an asshole. You can try to marginalize it into a cognitive bias but I won't give a damn if you do.
    The guy's got bombers flying off the coast of North Korea to rattle sabers and yet he spent his day bitching about NFL and NBA players,
    as if a guy kneeling for the National Anthem and/or if they are coming to the White House for a visit is the crux of our national problem.
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