Cognitive Biases Screw Up Decisions
The tendency to prefer inaction to action, in ourselves and even in politics. Psychologist Art Markman gave a great example back in 2010: The omission bias creeps into our judgment calls on domestic arguments, work mishaps, and even national policy discussions. In March, President Obama pushed Congress to enact sweeping health care reforms. Republicans hope that voters will blame Democrats for any problems that arise after the law is enacted. But since there were problems with health care already, can they really expect that future outcomes will be blamed on Democrats, who passed new laws, rather than Republicans, who opposed them?
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