Cognitive Bias – Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project – 2/11/16


Sorry for the late episode this week! We meet up in the Cave to talk about Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s slams against Flat Earth believers, cognitive bias, and the implication of mic drops. Also, we announce the next book we’ll be discussing in two weeks time!


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Adam Savage
Norman Chan
Joey Fameli
Adam Isaak
Kishore Hari
Patrick Norton
Frank Ippolito
Sean Charlesworth
Jeremy Williams

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  1. I also read the Three Body Problem, was recommended also by Michael from Vsauce. It is an amazing read.

  2. "[H]eretics who question the dogmas are needed … I am proud to be a heretic. The world always needs heretics to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies." – Freeman Dyson: who does not deny climate change but questions the predictive models.

  3. How is it not braggable that humans have put ourselves in such a position that all of nature is at our command in certain areas?

  4. I have to call you out on Vaccines Bs. It's not about the vaccines in and of itself, it's the amount of vaccines administered in such a short time. And if you're vaccinated why are you worrying about the unvaccinated, some would seem to be unsure of they're vaccinations efficacy apparently.

    Why does a toddler need to be vaccinated for STD's?

    I do love the show though guys.

  5. Could anyone elaborate on proving the earth is round by using two wells and two cellphones on a sunny day? I am not a flat earther, just curious.

  6. Congrats for the programm. Love "still untitled" wonderfull show. Just one remark "May you live in interesting times" is actually considered to be a curse. Supposedly from china, but there is no prove for that. In popular culture it is mostly known for appearing in Terry Pratchetts Discworld. Insignificance rules 😛

  7. Only if the person with the cognitive bias WANTS to understand the reality around him for what it is can he be educated out of his current belief.  Otherwise, they practice willful ignorance and DESERVE ridicule.

  8. The important thing is you can prove the Earth is round while on Earth without building a spaceship

  9. actually, america was on rations as well during ww2. i think it just wasnt as severe as in other countries.

  10. Please stop interrupting Norm! He's the only with anything good to say (and the only polite one). Adam is alright (I've got a soft spot for him from myhtbusters), but Will, fuck Will. He shouldn't be on the show.

  11. The vaccine debate has been mis-characterized. It's not about whether or not vaccines are harmful/helpful (although that shouldn't be dismissed), it's whether or not we have sovereignty over our bodies and our children's bodies. Clearly Tested believes that the gov't should have dominion over children's bodies. Worth mentioning, the premise that people shouldn't be allowed to make decisions and must be protected from themselves is the basis of fascism.

  12. Are you explaining cognitive bias by example? Sorry Adam, you can believe in physics or magic bullets. Not both.

  13. .9999999… = 1

    First, rewrite .9999… as a summation

    sum_{n=0,inf} .9/10^n = 1

    .9 * sum_{n=0,inf) 1/10^n = 1

    now, we can write

    .9 * sum_{n=0,inf} (1/10)^n = 1

    sum (x)^n is a known summation series, being sum (x)^n = 1/(1-x) [for values of x < 1 of course]

    .9 * (1/(1-(1/10)) = 1

    .9 * (1/(9/10)) = 1

    .9 * 10/9 = 1

    1 = 1

  14. You can see the curvature of the earth from ground level if you have a reasonably clear horizon and you're in a pretty flat location. It's a myth that you have to be high up. It's very subtle though. If you're drawing a wide angle realistic landscape from life it becomes more obvious because it doesn't work on the page without the curve.

  15. Confirmation bias explains 99 percent of the billions of comments underneath YouTube videos;-) Damn, it explains 99 percent of history!

  16. Hello, You are doing a great job with the animated reviews and even this new approach was not bad at all, you provide a great content, keep up the good work !

  17. Good video, but the example with banana isn't really working. If you don't like some food, it usually is for its taste. No argument could bring me to eat lychees or ananas. Even though I believe they are healthy and do me no harm, their taste isn't appealing for my buds. In other words, the argument is invalid.

  18. The world is suffering from cognitive dissonance . If the light inside of you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

  19. I thought this was a really cool video! You explained the confirmation bias really well, and the scenery was relaxing and beautiful. It was a unique and refreshing way of presenting information.

  20. I'd recently been experience confirmation bias at work and realized it before I knew the name of it. My friend searched it up and so I started watching some videos on it. I apologize for the long message about to follow:

    I'm curious because it seems like both the opposing party and myself had confirmation biases about each other. It felt like confirmation bias-ception. I made a poor first impression with a particular boss and from then on, (I felt) he thought I was an idiot and couldn't perform up to his standard. Based on how he said and phrased things to me or how he reacted to the things I said or did, I started wondering if he had a confirmation bias towards finding things about me that annoyed him or could be under par for what he wanted. However, at the same time, I also began wondering if I was starting to have a confirmation bias as well. Was I only picking out the times he disapproved of me because I wanted to think that he disliked me? Was he actually okay with me (knowing I was still new to the position and learning; perhaps he didn't know) and just acted that way with everyone? I tried at work multiple times to catch my thought process once I realized what I was doing. Yet it was still hard to not think he disliked me when I (felt I) kept seeing things that confirmed his distain towards me and my ability to work.

  21. Most of the times when there are two opposing sides and i happen to be the middle man , i find it hard to chose which side is better because both of them have a good point to make. I find myself at a dilemma when i have to fight for each side with the other party . I am also easily influenced by people even though the information was true, half true or a complete baseless statement. Do you have a solution to my problem? If you do please reply. It would be a life changer. Thank you for all the videos you have uploaded , They have helped me in a lot of ways.

  22. Man, I have just discovered your channel and I think I'm going to stick around for a good time here. Nice videos, though. Keep up!

  23. provide SO MUCH valuable informations but damn, i could not follow many times…please try to speak on a slower pace next video.

    Also I absolutely love the fact you explain 'concepts' (?) of psychology – like cognitive biases – and dont only make "how to master your brain dadada.." or 'the psychology of wealthy people' type of videos.. you know what i mean?
    I have been seeing this concepts more and more now i got a bit deeper into business studies so you explaining it the way u do makes it easier to grasp..


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