The Wrong Stuff

June 16, 2010

Blog/Column at Slate on “What it means to make mistakes”

Overcoming Tragedy of the Commons

August 29, 2009

Mark van Vugt writes in Aug 09 issue of New Scientist:

"I have identified four key conditions for the successful management of shared environmental resources: information, identify, institutions and incentives… I believe we can and should use this 4i framework as the basis for a plan of action to combat local and global environmental catastrophes."

Questions – less and more intelligent

March 6, 2009

10 Reasons People Make Stupid Decisions

December 3, 2007

  • Sunk Cost
  • Egocentric bias
  • Confirmation Bias
  • Overconfidence
  • Dysfunctional competition
  • Endowment
  • Availability
  • Conformity
  • Illusion of control
  • Attribution error

Yet another such list.  A mish mash of the usual suspects.  Entertainingly written at least.

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So that’s what applied epistemology is..

August 2, 2007

“Applied epistemology in general is the study of whether systems of
investigation that purport to be seeking the truth are well engineered
to lead to true beliefs about the world. Theorists of knowledge, as
epistemologists are sometimes known, routinely examine truth-seeking
practices like science and mathematics to find out whether they are
capable of delivering the goods they seek.”

– Larry Laudan, in Chapter 1 of his book Truth, Error, and Criminal Law, An Essay in Legal Epistemology (Cambridge University Press 2006).  Quoted by Peter Tillers

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God Fearing People – Hitchens

July 31, 2007

God Fearing People – Why Are We So Afraid of Offending Muslims?

“Thus, Islamic belief, however simply or modestly it may be stated, is an extreme
position to begin with. No human being can possibly claim to know that there is
a God at all, or that there are, or were, any other gods to be repudiated. And
when these ontological claims have collided, as they must, with their logical
limits, it is even further beyond the cognitive capacity of any person to claim
without embarrassment that the lord of creation spoke his ultimate words to an
unlettered merchant in seventh-century Arabia. Those who utter such fantastic
braggings, however many times a day they do so, can by definition have no idea
what they are talking about.”

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Confirmation Bias Kills 49 People

July 30, 2007

Confirmation Bias – Subtle but Lethal

Discusses how confirmation bias, according to the official report, was a major contributor to an aircraft accident.

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