cognitive bias

Is the World Going to Hell in a Hand Basket? — the Negativity Bias

Brief con­tact with a cock­roach will usu­al­ly ren­der a deli­cious meal ined­i­ble. [But] the inverse phenome-non—rendering a pile of cock­roach­es on a plat­ter edi­ble by con­tact with one’s favorite food—is unheard of. 1 Why does our media con­stant­ly report on the neg­a­tive aspects of our soci­ety, with only a short…

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Why are some people just so obstinate? — Bayes Theorem & The Backfire Effect

What do Flat-earth­­ers, Anti-vaxxers, 9/11-con­spir­acists, Jesus-mythi­­cists and Obama cit­i­zen­ship deniers have in com­mon? Well, sub­con­scious­ly at least, they all dis­play a con­tempt for Bayes’ the­o­rem, and arguably they strong­ly man­i­fest the ‘Backfire effect.’ Welcome to anoth­er instal­ment of Cognitive Bias Wednesday, today look­ing at the ‘back­fire effect,’ with a prelude…

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