Friday, January 18, 2013

List of cognitive biases or: Why you're probably wrong about anything you've ever thought

It's fascinating what our brain does to screw with us.

I'd like to share with you all a pretty extensive list of why your thinking in everyday life is mostly likely extremely flawed. And if you find fault with any of this, there's probably something on this list that explains why you're wrong. And if I'm wrong about any of this there's probably something on this list that explains why I was wrong. You can see where I'm going with this.

But perhaps this list can lead to the creation of some pretty interesting characters. You could create someone that adheres to so many of these that it severely impairs their journey. Or someone Sherlock Holmes-like that is so hyper aware of these biases that it annoys every character he or she comes into contact with, potentially severely impairing his or her journey. I prefer the latter personally.

Here's the list, courtesy of WikipediaList of cognitive biases

Read, it, study it, live your life better!

A link to the io9 post that inspired this post: The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational

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