Author Archives: Kris Nelson

Appeal to Possibility – Logic Comic (Pt.2)

Something might happen, possibly happen, or even be likely or probable to happen, but that doesn’t mean it will happen. When we assume something will inevitably happen because it could happen, we are engaging in the appeal to possibility or probability fallacy. Something being probable doesn’t prove it as a fact. However, this doesn’t prevent us from making decisions based […]

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Bandwagon Effect – Cognitive Biases (Pt.8)

The bandwagon effect represents the phenomena of the increasing adoption of beliefs, ideas, fads, trends, fashions, styles, and behaviors as more people accept it. The more something becomes popularized by others, the more likely even more people will adopt it into their own lives. The term “bandwagon” is used because of the political success of one campaigner in 1848 American […]

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Be a Phoenix

The phoenix is a mythical bird that is associated with magic and alchemy, and higher knowledge and life through the philosopher’s stone. The symbolic mythology generally goes along the storyline of resurrection, rebirth or renewal through the purification of death, usually through fire. This is the central goal of alchemical symbolism, whether using the 3, 4 or 7 phase symbolism. […]

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Automation bias – Cognitive Biases (Pt.6)

Automation bias is an over-reliance on automated aids and decision support systems. Trust and complacency develops. Erroneous automated information is favored even when accurate contradictory non-automated information is presented. A person becomes complacent of their own ability to discern reality because they rely too much on an automated system. Instead of being aware and vigilant to seek and process information, […]

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