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Law of Triviality

Law of Triviality

We spend inordinate amounts of time and effort on trivial issues while ignoring the ones that matter.

Example: The mayor devotes an entire committee to keeping the sidewalk clean but does nothing to help the homeless.


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"Money doesn't buy class." ~ Kiana Tom

This is the second part of 50 cognitive biases, as tweeted by Elon Musk. These are a must read for understanding human behaviour, including our own.

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