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What Is Cognitive Ease and How It Blocks Your Critical Thinking

By |2020-03-29T19:06:43+03:00March 29th, 2020|Categories: Psychology & Mental Health|Tags: , , , , |

Now before you start reading this article, I just want to promise you it is not a political piece. I am only using an event in recent British politics to highlight a way of thinking called cognitive ease. Last December, the Conservative Party won the General Election with a huge majority not seen since WWII. [...]

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How Mass Hysteria Is Making the Pandemic Worse & How to Cope

By |2020-03-28T12:50:41+03:00March 28th, 2020|Categories: Psychology & Mental Health, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I like to think of myself as a fairly rational and calm person, but in the last few weeks, I have felt close to tears. Since the coronavirus has taken hold, I have seen mass hysteria on an unprecedented scale. Never before in my lifetime have I witnessed empty supermarket shelves, people walking around wearing [...]

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5 George Orwell’s 1984 Quotes That Ring a Bell in Society Today

By |2020-03-24T14:53:09+03:00March 21st, 2020|Categories: Food for thought, Thought-Provoking Quotes|Tags: , , , , , |

The world hasn’t changed a great deal and yet, it has. George Orwell's 1984 quotes can still apply to the political and social norms of today. George Orwell, also known as Eric Author Blair, wrote his famous novel '1984' as a way of shedding light on totalitarianism, or total authoritarianism. He strove to oust the [...]

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Social Distancing from an Introvert’s Point of View

By |2020-03-22T15:20:07+03:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Introvert's World, Personality|Tags: , , , , , , |

We’re living in strange and unprecedented times right now and it can all feel a little overwhelming. We’re (hopefully) all pulling our own weight and following the advice of professionals. Together with keeping up our hand washing and general cleanliness in public places, the whole world has been given one clear instruction – practice social [...]

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What Is Willful Ignorance & 5 Examples of How It Works

By |2020-03-19T20:24:54+03:00March 19th, 2020|Categories: Human Brain, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , , |

Willful ignorance is built on the deliberate avoidance of evidence that doesn’t match one’s existing beliefs. This can be a defense mechanism as it allows us to create a world we feel safe in, akin to confirmation bias. However, it is also often apparent in behavior that is socially harmful. In this post, we will [...]

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The Raw Reality of Today’s Society in Eye-Opening Illustrations

By |2020-03-17T17:13:24+03:00March 17th, 2020|Categories: Arts & Movies, Food for thought|Tags: , , , |

If you don’t pay close attention, you will miss the truth of our society today. Things aren’t what they seem. I talk quite a bit about the eighties mainly because it seemed like a simpler time. However, older people may feel the same about the earlier decades as well. I guess it’s just the way [...]

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Outcome Bias: How It Leads You to Disaster & How to Avoid It

By |2020-03-17T15:12:29+03:00March 17th, 2020|Categories: Psychology & Mental Health|Tags: , , , |

Cognitive biases shape our everyday experiences and influence our decision-making. But one bias, in particular, can be extremely dangerous – the outcome bias. What Is an Outcome Bias? The outcome bias can make you focus on the end result and ignore the risks along the way. When we already know the outcome of a specific [...]

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Known Unknowns vs Unknown Unknowns: Two Sides of Ignorance

By |2020-04-14T23:22:15+03:00March 14th, 2020|Categories: Food for thought, Human Brain, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , , |

If I asked you how a CD worked, how confident would you feel in explaining it to me? Let’s say from 1-10? A 7, 8 perhaps? Okay, go on then, explain it, but in so much detail that I completely understand. Not so confident now? We’re talking about a phenomenon called known unknowns and unknown [...]