Category Archives: Cognitive biases and fallacies

Embrace your ignorance

(featured image: Robert Couse-Baker CC BY) It is OK not to know stuff for certain, especially when things are uncertain Once upon a time, there was a cat. It was a hypothetical cat, owned and imagined by Erwin Schrödinger, a … Continue reading

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Our (corona)viral pitfalls

(featured image credit: CDC) The stakes in the global battle against the coronavirus are high, and our ability to make sense of often conflicting messages is under strain – there are many pitfalls. How should we evaluate what we read? … Continue reading

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Unjust deserts

(featured image: Aimee Ray CC BY) Many people see meritocracy as a worthy ideal: everyone gets what they deserve. Luck can mess this up: it is, by definition, something we don’t deserve. But is it really that simple? Imagine you … Continue reading

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The essence of time

(image: studio curve and Butch Dallsay CC BY) We are familiar with the concept of value for money, but are we as good at assessing ‘value for time’? You’re going on a short break tomorrow. You still need to pack … Continue reading

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Two tales of deception

(featured image: Marcia O’Connor CC BY) We may be misled by false signs of authority, but being fooled by our deepest beliefs is a bigger concern As the leaves in Stockholm (and elsewhere in the Northern hemisphere) begin to colour, … Continue reading

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Brexit, a multitude of decision-making case studies

Whether you think Brexit is a good thing or a bad thing, the process so far is a catalogue of spectacularly poor decisions. What can we learn from them? “Life is journey, not a destination”, a widely misattributed quote goes. … Continue reading

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A little more perspective, a little more understanding

(featured image via Pixabay) Numbers appear to give precision, but they are often meaningless without a suitable context “It never rains in Southern California”, the song by Albert Hammond goes. This is untrue – the average annual rainfall over the … Continue reading

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