Cognitive Biases: What They Are, Why They’re Important


As critical thinkers, it’s important to understand how we OUGHT to reason. This is what we learn when we study logic, argumentation and other normative theories of reasoning. But it’s equally important to understand how we IN FACT reason, how our minds ACTUALLY work.

Every critical thinker should be familiar with the concept of a “cognitive bias”. In this episode of The Critical Thinker podcast I give an overview of what cognitive biases are and why they’re important. In the next episode I’ll look at some examples of cognitive biases in action.

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  1. Anchoring:
    The formula is as follows:
    1. Gain trust
    2. Lie (incl. to mislead)
    3. Get the result

    I wonder how this would have worked without step 1….

  2. Couldn't you be biased and still make good decisions especially since we are all biased.

  3. +Kevin deLaplante  Good day, good sir. Would you be able to recommend a particularly lucid and fairly comprehensive book on the cognitive biases for the layman? Thanks.

  4. "Logic should be taught at school level just like maths and other subjects."

    What he means is that things such has critical thinking should be taught alongside the core subjects that are taught today. He's not literally saying the courses should be the same. The words "Just like" can be used in different contexts.

  5. Some children would also require better parenting.I think lack of good parenting can affect decision making.

  6. 5.)His argument : I am by default a non-christian because I enjoy listening to Metal music.(perhaps more a fallacy)
    6.)Believes he contributes the most and deserve the most credit in film group-studies and tasks.
    7.)Thinks the country he is moving to is much better than the one he resides in at the moment ,even when he never seen them (both)…etc etc
    I think a possible correlation between his egocentrism ,under-bragging tactics,dis-ability to do self-research, perhaps encourages such thinking?

  7. I know someone who has among many biases ,a few particular possible one.
    Can any one tell me in what category they fall in?
    1.) The person believes his dreams (sleeps) contain more vivid images and well directed story lines as compared to any other person`s whom is not studying film or film editing as he is.
    2.)Anyone not believing in the Illuminati conspiracy theories are by default "blind sheep".
    3.)Americans are all evil.
    4.)Golden age syndrome,everything from the 20`s – 30`s are better.

  8. I have seen about half a dozen of your video clips and have enjoyed the content. especially this one…I hope that developing a critical thinking mind will help each of us willing to challenge the onslaught of persuasion in the 'marketing' world of life. keep up the good work.

  9. Now it kinda bugs me how many African nations ARE UN members then. xD
    I'm pretty sure that most of them are, though… I'd guess at least 90%? *off to check* Looks like it's practically all of them except Western Sahara which is a disputed territory. At least according to my quick googling.

  10. I stopped listening for a few minutes to respond to a fallacy. Hurt your credibility when you said "everyone agrees . . ." I WISH! Plainly you're working towards a noble goal, but if you're going to make general statements, please keep in mind that "perfect practice makes perfect…" 😛 Got my attention back on heuristic, back to rewind. Less chaff, more wheat!! Time, sir! You must have more than me, and I have a lot. Aim at the targets of your communication.. LOVE that wiki page, BTW.

  11. Great content, thank you so much for uploading some of the only stuff worth watching out there on YouTube.

  12. Thank you for an amazing video. Your presentation was very clear and to the point. Gets the point across really well. Keep up the good work 🙂

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