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10 More Common Faults in Human Thought

Top 10 Thinking Traps Exposed. Our minds set up many traps for us. Unless we’re aware of them, these traps can seriously hinder our ability to think rationally, leading us to bad reasoning and making stupid decisions. Features of our minds that are meant to help us may, eventually, get us into trouble. Recency illusion. The recency illusion is the belief or impression that a word or language usage is of recent origin when it is in fact long-established.

Recency illusion

The term was invented by Arnold Zwicky, a linguist at Stanford University who was primarily interested in examples involving words, meanings, phrases, and grammatical constructions.[1] However, use of the term is not restricted to linguistic phenomena: Zwicky has defined it simply as, "the belief that things you have noticed only recently are in fact recent".[2] Linguistic items prone to the Recency Illusion include: "Singular they" - the use of they to reference a singular antecedent, as in someone said they liked the play. According to Zwicky, the illusion is caused by selective attention.[2] References[edit] Jump up ^ Intensive and Quotative ALL: something old, something new, John R. External links[edit] Is History Really As the History Books Teach Us? The First Civilizations Author: Philip Coppens I s history really as the history books tell us or is civilization — when humankind began to cultivate plants, work metals, build monuments and live in organized settlements — far more complex and older than we assume?

As a ten-year-old child in school, my teacher taught that Greece was the cradle of civilization, even though in 1981 it was clear that this was no longer the case: Egypt and Sumer were known to be far older civilizations, but somehow the text books used in Belgian schools had not caught up with the “facts”. 28 Ways to Stop Complicating Your Life. Post written by: Marc Chernoff Email Life is not complicated.

28 Ways to Stop Complicating Your Life

We are complicated. When we stop doing the wrong things and start doing the right things, life is simple. So starting today… Fallacy of composition. Dear Customer who stuck up for his little brother, Éloge de la transmission. La lecture de la presse réserve parfois de petits bonheurs, de ces miracles égarés qui font penser que tout n'est pas perdu.

Éloge de la transmission

Dans Télérama, cette semaine, un long dossier consacré à l'école fustige l'élitisme de l'école républicaine, les notes qui traumatisent les élèves... Rien que de très classique. Et puis, tout à coup, au détour d'un entretien entre le ministre de l'Education nationale, Vincent Peillon, et le sociologue Jean-Pierre Terrail, la petite remarque de ce dernier sur les difficultés de l'apprentissage de la lecture. Où l'on apprend que le sociologue a fait tester auprès d'institutrices une méthode syllabique qui, de l'aveu même de celles-ci, s'est révélée bien plus efficace que tout ce qu'elles avaient essayé auparavant. Et le sociologue de regretter que l'efficacité des méthodes ne soit jamais testée en France... Your Evolved Intuitions. Part of the sequence: Rationality and Philosophy We have already examined one source of our intuitions: attribute substitution heuristics.

Your Evolved Intuitions

Today we examine a second source of our intuitions: biological evolution. Evolutionary psychology Evolutionary psychology1 has been covered on Less Wrong many times before, but let's review anyway. Lions walk on four legs and hunt for food. Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior. You know there’s a new nonfiction genre by the titles alone — Blink, Nudge, Predictably Irrational… and now Sway.

Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

This book is probably best compared with Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational, but to me the Brafman brothers’ book seemed easier to digest — partially because it’s shorter, but also because it doesn’t seem to discuss as many experiments in as excruciating detail as Ariely tended to do. The thesis is largely the same — we humans think we act rationally in most situations, especially in business or areas of our life that would seem to call for rational thinking (e.g., work). What Ori and Rom Brafman (a businessman and a psychologist, respectively) show instead is what we all know from Ariely and others before him — humans are irrational and will act in irrational ways in many (most?)

Situations. They call this being “swayed,” hence the book’s title. Clear Thinking in a Blurry World - Amazon.com. James Randi Educational Foundation. Some people see human tragedies as a time for empathy, sympathy, or charity.

James Randi Educational Foundation

Then there are those who see it as an opportunity. It didn’t take long after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, for Uri Geller to take to the airwaves and claim that he was asked to help in the search for the plane. There should be nothing surprising about this. Cognitive Biases. List of cognitive biases. Top 10 Common Faults In Human Thought. Humans The human mind is a wonderful thing.

Top 10 Common Faults In Human Thought

Cognition, the act or process of thinking, enables us to process vast amounts of information quickly. 5 Logical Fallacies That Make You Wrong More Than You Think. The Internet has introduced a golden age of ill-informed arguments.

5 Logical Fallacies That Make You Wrong More Than You Think

You can't post a video of an adorable kitten without a raging debate about pet issues spawning in the comment section. These days, everyone is a pundit. But with all those different perspectives on important issues flying around, you'd think we'd be getting smarter and more informed. Unfortunately, the very wiring of our brains ensures that all these lively debates only make us dumber and more narrow-minded. Forer effect. A related and more general phenomenon is that of subjective validation.[1] Subjective validation occurs when two unrelated or even random events are perceived to be related because a belief, expectation, or hypothesis demands a relationship.

Forer effect

The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science. Illustration: Jonathon Rosen "A MAN WITH A CONVICTION is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. You Are Not So Smart. Implicit memory. Evidence and current research[edit] Advanced studies of implicit memory began only a few decades ago.

Many of these studies focus on the effect of implicit memory known as priming.[1] Several studies have been performed that confirm the existence of a separate entity which is implicit memory. In one such experiment, participants were asked to listen to several songs and decide if they were familiar with the song or not. Half of the participants were presented with familiar American folk songs and the other half were presented with songs made using the tunes of the same songs from group 1 but mixed with new lyrics.

Results show that participants in group 1 had a much higher chance of recalling the songs as being familiar, even though in both groups, the tunes of the songs were the same.[5] This study shows that people are even implicitly making connections amongst their memories. 15 Styles of Distorted Thinking. 25 Acts of Body Language to Avoid. Our body language exhibits far more information about how we feel than it is possible to articulate verbally. All of the physical gestures we make are subconsciously interpreted by others. Video. The Brain. Athene's Theory of Everything.