Thinking can go astray

David Ludden says it is Not Very Comforting

to be reminded of just how fallible we are, Kida does provide his readers with a modicum of solace by offering copious advice on how to anticipate and work around our innate cognitive biases.Don’t Believe Everything You Think> is essential reading for anyone interested in the psychology of belief and pseudoscientific thinking. It also provides one of the best arguments around for the importance science literacy — the scientific method is the antidote to our fallible minds.

Those innate cognitive biases are there to help us understand the world around us – at least as a starting point.

  • preferring stories to statistics
  • seeking to confirm rather than question our beliefs
  • confusing the role of chance and coincidence in shaping events
  • trusting the reliability of our senses
  • a tendency to oversimplify our thinking.
  • How are these expressed? One way is to review A List Of Fallacious Arguments.

    It takes work, effort, and care to properly consider our inherent bias on perception and measure. Providing those considerations is the hallmark of intellectual integrity.

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