Category Archives: Cognitive biases and fallacies

The unequal struggle between facts and conviction

(featured image credit: stevepb/Pixabay) When we argue on the basis of a conviction, we should be seeking to verify our position, rather than to confirm it “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, Sir?” This … Continue reading

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A more care-less year

Can caring be a bad thing? Caring is a strong motive for quite a big chunk of our behaviour. If we care about something (or somebody), it means we are willing to put energy into it, effort, time and cost. … Continue reading

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More power to the imagination

(featured image credit: Motihada) In praise of an underrated and underused mental instrument in decision-making There is more to economics than the economy. Much of human interaction is a form of trading: we give something up, and we get something … Continue reading

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How cold?

(featured image: Ross Dunn CC BY)   When we say something leaves us cold, we don’t always mean absolute zero Last Sunday, the Christmas lights were switched on in my town. This is an annual event, not just here, but … Continue reading

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How difficult can it be?

(featured image credit: Torbein Rønning CC BY) We all need a little faith, once in a while, when we’re faced with a difficult problem and we don’t know what is the best solution. But it’s best not to use it … Continue reading

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Coloured reality

(image via Youtube/PBS) Is reality, as we see it, anywhere near the mark? Have a look around you, listen (and feel free to use your other senses too). That should give you a good sense of the reality of your … Continue reading

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Choosing and using identities

(featured image credit: Jenny Scott CC BY) Identity is strong, and can trip us up in two ways. Who are you? That’s a pretty existential question. It is quite hard to come up with a quick and concise answer – … Continue reading

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