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“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity”

ROBERT J HANLON

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Hanlon’s Razor Explained

Hanlon’s Razor Explained

  • We tend to associate completely disconnected events in a unique way, fitting them into our ‘story’, the narratives we build to create our distorted version of reality.
  • The patterns we think exist may not actually do so, but that does not stop us from assumi...

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Fundamental Attribution Error

Fundamental Attribution Error is when we pay too much attention to the personality of a person and ignore the content.

We need to shift the focus away from ‘who did/said that?’ and look at other causes/reasons.

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Hanlon’s Razor At The Workplace

  • We need to deploy mental models at work, which provide us with a framework to expand our understanding and simplify complex matters, helping us make better decisions and handle stress and anxiety .
  • Just be aware of the moments of anger or confusion...

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The Availability Bias

Availability Bias is a mental shortcut that makes us form opinions or base our decisions related to recent information that is easy to recall.

We need to probe deeper and move towards better information gathering.

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The Way To Apply Hanlon’s Razor

The basic rules that we need to apply:

  1. Move from assuming bad intentions towards exploring other causes.
  2. Engage in active communication.
  3. Embrace opportunities.
  4. Stay positive and driven.
  5. Stop blaming and focus on creative problem-solving.
  6. A...

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Hanlon’s Razor In Relationships

We usually assume the worst if we get hurt by the people we love and trust. The various biases in our minds (confirmation bias, fundamental attribution error, and availability bias) play havoc in our relationships.

Hanlon’s razor can shift our mind from an assumption of bad intentions by ...

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Confirmation Bias

Confirmation Bias is a common fallacy where we feed our existing beliefs and refute any contradictory information.

These belief patterns, no matter how right they may seem, are not immune to error, and we need to make an effort to look beyond the boundaries.

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Hanlon’s Razor: The Mental Model

Understanding Hanlon's razor results in a mindset shift, which enables us to view the entire scenario in a third person’s perspective, rather than being in the centre of the drama.

Something we assume is due to bad intentions of others may be just due to ignorance, incompe...

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