It’s really easy to get swept up in a narrative. But if we want a better understanding of the world based on facts, and to become better global citizens, it’s important to understand that our brains naturally come to illogical conclusions all the time. From the fundamental attribution error to the blind spot bias, biases can affect day-to-day life, whether you’re buying new shoes or arguing with someone on social media.
Our brains are wired to receive and process information in specific, inaccurate ways for better efficiency. For instance, if you already have a deeply rooted belief, you will likely support an argument not by whether or not it’s a logical argument, but by whether we already agree with the conclusion in our minds ahead of time.
That’s called the belief bias! Knowing about that bias alone can change the way we view the world, and there are 50 of them here. This list of cognitive biases and their explanations just scrapes the surface, but knowing about them can help us all be better on a daily basis.
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