Bias is Inescapable | Scott H Young - Deepstash

deepstash

Beta

deepstash

Beta

Deepstash brings you key ideas from the most inspiring articles like this one:

Read more efficiently

Save what inspires you

Remember anything

Bias is Inescapable | Scott H Young

https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2014/11/11/bias-is-inescapable/

scotthyoung.com

Bias is Inescapable | Scott H Young

3

Key Ideas

Save all ideas

Confirmation Bias: Selective Spotlighting That Is Inevitable

Confirmation Bias: Selective Spotlighting That Is Inevitable

Confirmation bias is a common tendency to self-promote and validate our own beliefs. Most controversial issues have people who are for or against the given topic, and tend to look at points that support their existing belief patterns.

Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel prize winning psychologist states that though we can be provided with tools to be aware of the cognitive errors and biases in humans, we are still unable to fix our own.

71 SAVES

215 READS


VIEW

Why Biases Can’t Be Fixed: Our Learning

We form mental models of learning, and see any new information based on our pre-existing belief patterns, assumptions, and education, forming a framework of information in our minds.

The new information could easily be rejected if it does not integrate into the existing framework.

66 SAVES

142 READS


Recognition Of Inherent Bias

  • We must learn to recognize and identify the cognitive action of always being biased.
  • Our prior beliefs are put into everything we see, read or hear, and we make matters worse by only reading our own viewpoint, rejecting something that is not agreeing with our existing framework of information.
  • One needs to jump to the other side of the shore and develop a good understanding of the counter beliefs and things we do not expose ourselves with.
  • Having a mild disagreement is okay if you are talking to someone who is outside your intellectual social circle, as long as you enlighten yourself with a viewpoint not seen before.

59 SAVES

139 READS


SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:

Memorizing Speeches

Memorizing Speeches
  • Once in our lives, we'll be able to get the chance of speaking in front of many people, doing declamations or oratorical and memorizing a speech is a useful skill to learn.

The Sculpting Phase of a Speech

There are two ways you can write down your speech:

  1. How you want to say it;
  2. As an outline or a skeleton.

When you've written it down it's going to take more than several times to figure out what you're trying to say and this is the sculpting process where you edit, add, or delete parts of your speech to make it sound better.

The Memorization Phase of a Speech

  • The key to memorizing a speech is to memorize it hierarchically. You begin with the broad chunks, moving to specific paragraphs, phrases, up until the intonation and your timing with the words.
  • When starting with the chunks you simply write out the main points of the speech then cover them up and recall them.
  • Moving up to the small points you can expand your bullets to represent each idea with one or two key words and quiz yourself until you have it memorized.

one more idea

Win Debates Without Being Unfriendly

Normally, any debate has the potential to turn into an ugly match, due to the fact that both the sides are trying to win. The problem is that one person will win the debate, and tw...

The Common But Wrong Strategy Of Debating: Logic

Logic is not the best strategy for winning a debate. Any logic has plenty of counter logic waiting to pounce on it.

A simple NO can wash over:

  1. Any overwhelming facts and proof explaining why one is right.
  2. Any valid counterpoints to the other person’s arguments.

We falsely assume that our explanation is bulletproof, and forget that the other person has a choice to not agree with us. We could say the sun exists, and the earth is round, but the other person can simply say ‘No’.

How To Win An Argument: Changing Premises

Instead of trying to persuade someone that they are wrong, try to create a different premise. You can debate to learn something, or to see the other person’s viewpoint, understanding why they disagree. You can also politely put on the table what you think about the topic, not waiting for them to change their mind.

The fun part is when you are not trying to win an argument, you usually do.

We need an exit strategy

We need an exit strategy

Many new graduates face the stress of figuring out what to do after they get their degree. The post-grad crisis represents a general problem all of us face - figuring out what to do once yo...

Key exit plan mistakes

  • Getting caught on the infinite treadmill. It happens when goals are continually replaced by more ambitious goals.
  • Falling off the wagon. This happens when you set a goal that won't last, e.g. losing 25 lbs only to have it all come back three months later. An exit strategy would be helpful to maintain your weight.
  • The empty celebration. Reaching a big goal feels very exciting, but the effects are not lasting on your happiness. An exit strategy could solve this problem.

A good exit strategy

  • Keep it short. An exit strategy should describe what to do next, not define what to do with the rest of your life.
  • Keep it specific. Your exit strategy should help you to figure out the plan after your plan.
  • Plan it early. The time to begin the job hunt starts with a rough sketch of your exit plan months or years ahead of time.