The Friday Fillip

Some food for thought, today. Actually a kind of tapas for the mind. You’ll find it in Wikipedia’s list of cognitive biases. Who knew there were so many ways to skew understanding?

Roam down the crooked paths of thought (yes, I changed metaphors; wonder if that’s a cognitive bias?) such as congruence bias, neglect of probability, the planning fallacy (important for lawyers), or illusion of assymmetric insight. Not every bias is explained by a good article, but there’s at least a description of the nearly 70 ways we are persuaded or resistant to persuasion.

Just remember, though: this learning is not to be used in domestic situations. That’s the avoidance of strife bias.


  1. Lawyers are especially prone to déformation professionelle. And where is false consciousness in this list?