I finished The Thirst on Friday. It was an entertaining diversion and has already provided the basis for an earlier blog entry about the availability heuristic. Jo Nesbø is a true multi talent. Before becoming a writer, he was a professional soccer player and successful stockbroker, and for 29 years he has been the lead … Continue reading Death as a career move
In previous blogs we have written about confirmation bias. We have also examined movements like flight shaming, that use guilt to change individual behavior that is damaging to the common good or simply considered societally unacceptable. Today my biased dogma got seriously shamed by some unpleasant karma. You see, when it comes to the environment, … Continue reading My dogma got ran over by your karma
Political debate is getting uglier and polarization in politics is widening. American research shows that in 2012, less than half of voters absolutely rejected (“from the bottom of my heart”) the candidate of the opposing party and would under no circumstances vote for him/her. By 2016, that figured had risen to 70%. One cause of … Continue reading Hello? Anybody out there?
Confirmation bias oder Bestätigungsverzerrung (Wason, 1960), ist die uns innewohnende Tendenz, Informationen so zu filtern und interpretieren, dass sie unsere vorgefertigte Meinung bestätigen. Wir fokussieren unsere Wahrnehmung entsprechend unserem Wunschdenken und blenden opponierende Informationen aus. Vor Wahlen tendieren Menschen dazu, nach Informationen zu suchen, die ihren bevorzugten Kandidaten in einem positiven Licht erscheinen lassen. Treffen … Continue reading Warum wir uns selbst nicht trauen können