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1. Cognitive Bias

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Published on Nov 7, 2010

Part 1 of a 2-part talk. The views expressed are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizers of SkeptiCamp DC

We humans like to believe that we use reason to understand the world around us, but we're not so smart. Rationally thinking through situations is cognitively expensive, so we more often rely on heuristics as fast mental shortcuts to solve problems. Often they suffice, but often they do not. The systematic errors due to our dependence on such heuristics contributes to cognitive bias. This talk is a survey of some of the important, pervasive cognitive biases from which we suffer. The talk also discusses plausible evolutionary explanations for the existence of such cognitive biases.

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