Tag Archives: Cognitive Humility

Mistakes, I’ve made a few, but then again, too many to mention #Dewey #mistakes

But socially as well as scientifically the great thing is not to avoid mistakes but to have them take place under conditions such that they can be utilised to increase intelligence in the future.” Reconstruction in Philosophy John Dewey Why … Continue reading

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“Blind spots”? Nah, that’s all arse-backwards… #cognitivehumility

I was sat at a lovely Indian restaurant with a good friend last week.* And we were riffing on how little anyone really knows about their own behaviours, their own motivations and drives. It occurred to me that the term … Continue reading

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Normalcy bias; completely unrelated to #climate change

From the Financial Times March 3rd/4th 2012 For David Alexander, a professor and specialist in disaster management who has tracked the case of the Costa Concordia, the captain appears to have succumbed to “normalcy bias”, where disbelief and overconfidence obscure … Continue reading

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Won’t get fooled again? Course I will. By myself. Again and again and again. Science notwithstanding…

Saw this recently – “Philosophy is a battle against the bewitching of our intelligence by means of language.” Wittgenstein. which reminded me of that Feynman quote – “Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The first principle … Continue reading

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“It is better to know nothing than to keep in mind fixed ideas…”

“based on theories whose confirmation we continually seek.” So said Claude “homeostasis” Bernard, in his “An Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine” (1865) Seems about right to me… This from “Treat obesity as physiology, not physics”, an opinion piece … Continue reading

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When it matters about which lies we tell ourselves, and when it doesn’t…

The whole article is fascinating, but this bit leapt out at me… “There is a school of thought in biology — and don’t ask me how widely this is accepted—that evolution favors Type II errors (“failing to reject a falsehood”) … Continue reading

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“Skin in the Game”, or “What the HELL are you climate activist breeders waiting for?”

Disclaimer: Am semi-smashed on G and T, and missing the wondrous Mrs Towers. Now, this. What in Gaia’s name are you waiting for, you climate activists with kids? Do you think they will forgive you your cowardice, ten years hence? … Continue reading

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