In this set of videos I present a framework for thinking about how polarized political and cultural environments interact with our natural tribal psychology to create “pathological tribalism”. I show how under pathological tribalism our ability to think critically and independently is compromised—this environment is hostile to critical thinking.
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Topics Covered in These Videos:
1. Cognitive Biases, Tribalism and Politics (Part 1 of 3): We Can Value More Than One Kind of Thing
– the “two movies” phenomenon (Scott Adams)
the distinction between “psychological” value pluralism and “philosophical” value pluralism
– what is affect bias?
– what is cultural cognition?
– your “value channel profile”
2. Cognitive Biases, Tribalism and Politics (Part 2 of 3): Attention, Focus and Exaggeration
– what is the focusing illusion?
– what is availability bias?
– what is the mere-exposure effect?
– how do these cognitive biases interact to create an exaggerated and distorted perception of reality?
3. Cognitive Biases, Tribalism and Politics (Part 3 of 3): How Polarization Makes Us Mean and Stupid
– a three-channel model of political values
– value channel profiles for the libertarian, the progressive liberal, and the conservative
– can I be a libertarian AND a progressive liberal AND a conservative?
– sources of “pathological tribalism”
– analogy: Black Mirror, “Men Against Fire”
– trading off critical thinking values and political values
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Identifying the Emotional and Cognitive errors you need to know for the CFA Level 3 (CFA L3) Exam. Full coverage of Study Session 3, Reading 6 – Individual Behavioral Biases.
Emotional Biases: Loss Aversion, Overconfidence, Self-control bias Endowment Bias, Regret Aversion, Status Quo Bias
Cognitive biases are divided into informational processing errors and belief perseverance errors.
Conservatism bias, confirmation bias, illusion of control, representativeness bias, hindsight bias, framing bias, anchoring and adjustment, mental accounting, availability bias
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