Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

How Your Brain Decides Without You

” It must be true, I saw it with my own eyes! ” — well, maybe not. It may depend on what you perceive, which may depend on what you believe. Fascinating read; follow it up with  Fooled By Your Own Brain from the same issue.

How Your Brain Decides Without You

In a world full of ambiguity, we see what we want to see.

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May 17, 2015 Posted by | brain, decision making, neuroscience | , , , | Leave a comment

We Only Trust Experts If They Agree with Us

I am pretty sure I’ve been guilty of this.  Bottom line, if you claim to  have an open mind, you’d better be aware of this bias. From Scientific American:

We Only Trust Experts If They Agree with Us

We only consider scientists to be experts when their argument is in line with our own previously held beliefs. Christie Nicholson reports

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September 24, 2010 Posted by | behaviour, decision making | , | Leave a comment