Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Google Reader

Google Reader: "Hindsight bias is a close relative of the availability heuristic. You tend to believe anecdotes and individual sensational news stories are more representative of the big picture than they are. If you see lots of shark attacks in the news, you think, “Gosh, sharks are out of control.” What you should think is, “Gosh, the news loves to cover shark attacks.”

The availability heuristic shows you make decisions and think thoughts based on the information you have at hand while ignoring all the other information that might be out there.

You do the same thing with Hindsight Bias by thinking thoughts and making decisions based on what you know now, not what you used to know.

“…people’s need to be right is stronger than their ability to be objective.”

N. Crawford, The American Psychological Association"

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