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Why the stupid think they’re smart Why the stupid think they’re smart Psychologists have shown humans are poor judges of their own abilities, from sense of humour to grammar. Those worst at it are the worst judges of all. You’re pretty smart right? Clever, and funny too. Of course you are, just like me. But wouldn’t it be terrible if we were mistaken?
Why the stupid think they’re smart
Why you think you're better than everyone else Why you think you're better than everyone else I've sort of come to the same crossroads. On one hand, it's great to have a court jester point out the flaws of the king. Stewart's clip mash-ups, and Colbert's material as a whole, keenly cut to the heart of the hypocrisy and ineptitude at play in society. On the other hand, that kind satire (on a daily basis, no less) is a sort of paradoxical crutch for a society’s existing power structures: we laugh at political jibes, and that same laughter displaces the desire and drive for change.
The whole gateway drug thing is so flawed in so many ways. One being that though many people who are smack addicts started with pot, there are also many people that only ever smoke pot and never moved to heroin. What makes a lot more sense is that being a heroin addict would tend to suggest that you are open to trying drugs of all sorts so it stands to reason that you've probably done all kinds of drugs legal and otherwise before you reached the end. But you know what, even if weed was a gateway drug, so what? The congruence bias is why we all jump to conclusions and stay there The congruence bias is why we all jump to conclusions and stay there
How Your Mistakes Can Make You a More Rational Person How Your Mistakes Can Make You a More Rational Person The saddest are those afflicted with a near terminal case of Dunning Krueger. They can't accept failure even if it is so obvious. It can be as mundane as claiming to read a map and sending people on a 10km wild goose chase or as a CEO who has no real understanding of the people or business be runs yet proclaims he knows best. Neither example worked out.
The Framing Effect makes people accept deaths and pay fines I always referred to this as "perceived value". My first hand experience with it is a little convoluted... I was working as an art dealer for a small art gallery in the USA that also sold fine jewelry. The Framing Effect makes people accept deaths and pay fines
How much can you trust your memory? Not a whole lot, according to Daniela Schiller, a Mount Sinai School of Medicine neuroscientist. To a packed audience at MIT Technology Review’s 2013 EmTech conference on Wednesday, Schiller explained how research in her lab and others is uncovering how memories are tweaked each time they are recalled. “This decade is the time of a revolution in the way we perceive memory,” Schiller told attendees. Memory Is Inherently Fallible, And That's a Good Thing Memory Is Inherently Fallible, And That's a Good Thing
La morale, un talent de société*Le Webinet des Curiosités La morale, un talent de société*Le Webinet des Curiosités Enfin une mesure qui fait presque l’unanimité! L’idée d’introduire des cours de morale à l’école, émise par le Ministre de l’Education en avril dernier, recueille les suffrages de neuf Français sur dix. Un tel plébiscite est révélateur de l’exaspération croissante de l’opinion publique vis-à-vis des actes d’incivilité.
The Forer effect (also called the Barnum effect after P. T. Barnum's observation that "we've got something for everyone") is the observation that individuals will give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically for them, but are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people. This effect can provide a partial explanation for the widespread acceptance of some beliefs and practices, such as astrology, fortune telling, graphology, and some types of personality test. Forer effect Forer effect
Virtually every article or documentary about ants takes a moment to fawn over their incredible collective achievements. Together, ant colonies can raise gardens and livestock, build living rafts, run vaccination programmes, overpower huge prey, deter elephants, and invade continents. No individual could do any of this; it takes a colony to pull off such feats. But ants can also screw up. Like all animal collectives, they face situations when the crowd’s wisdom turns into foolishness. Madness of Crowds: Single Ants Beat Colonies At Easy Choices Madness of Crowds: Single Ants Beat Colonies At Easy Choices
The Misconception: If you are in a bad situation, you will do whatever you can do to escape it. The Truth: If you feel like you aren’t in control of your destiny, you will give up and accept whatever situation you are in. In 1965, a scientist named Martin Seligman started shocking dogs. He was trying to expand on the research of Pavlov – the guy who could make dogs salivate when they heard a bell ring. Learned Helplessness Learned Helplessness
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47 Mind-Blowing Psychological Facts You Should Know About Yourself WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ IN THE NEXT PARAGRAPH IS COMMONLY BELIEVED, BUT NOT TRUE – You read by recognizing the shapes of words and groups of words. Words that are in all capital letters all have the same shape: a rectangle of a certain size. This makes words displayed in all uppercase harder to read than upper and lower case (known as “mixed case”). Mixed case words are easier to read because they make unique shapes, as demonstrated by the picture below. OK, NOW THE TRUE STUFF STARTS — When I started this article the topic was supposed to be why all capital letters are harder to read.
Simply Scala This glossary has been reprinted with permission from the book Programming in Scala by Martin Odersky, Lex Spoon, and Bill Venners. algebraic data type A type defined by providing several alternatives, each of which comes with its own constructor. It usually comes with a way to decompose the type through pattern matching.
Les perversions de la culture du résultat Le perfologue le blog du manager entrepreneur Manipulations et dévoiement de la stratégie sont intrinsèquement liés à la culture du résultat. Pour y remédier, Il n'est d'autre solution que de passer d'une logique de la récompense et de l'évaluation à une logique de la responsabilité et du contrat. Lorsque l'on évolue dans une culture du résultat, l'indicateur est "Roi".
The Importance of Goodhart's Law This article introduces Goodhart's law, provides a few examples, tries to explain an origin for the law and lists out a few general mitigations. Goodhart's law states that once a social or economic measure is turned into a target for policy, it will lose any information content that had qualified it to play such a role in the first place. wikipedia The law was named for its developer, Charles Goodhart, a chief economic advisor to the Bank of England. The much more famous Lucas critique is a relatively specific formulation of the same. The most famous examples of Goodhart's law should be the soviet factories which when given targets on the basis of numbers of nails produced many tiny useless nails and when given targets on basis of weight produced a few giant nails. Numbers and weight both correlated well in a pre-central plan scenario. After they are made targets (in different times and periods), they lose that value.
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