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Sources of error: the twisted rationality of double standards

I’ve written before about righteous indignation, but haven’t even touched its most peculiar property: asymmetry. Ever wondered why people like me find it easy to feel anger towards Tony Blair, but don’t seem to feel the same towards Abu Bakr

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Posted in Ethics, Politics, Stupidity

Sources of error: Essentialism Fallacy

There is a mistake we all make, and keep making, over and over, at every possible occasion, and will keep making, even after realising that we do. This happens because it is, in general terms, the most useful cognitive mistake

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Posted in Philosophy, Science, Stupidity

Looking into my blind spot

One should learn from mistakes, I hope we can all agree on this. But what if you never notice certain mistakes, and what if the ones you don’t notice are the biggest and most visible? Some of the things I’ve

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Posted in Philosophy, Psychology, Stupidity

Recap #2: getting lost in my own muddle

In the last couple of months my original plans and general approach have been vigorously shaken. I’ve always wanted to tackle the limitations of rationality, and to show how it is difficult to avoid and/or correct macroscopic errors that invariably

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Posted in Ethics, Premises, Science, Stupidity

Sources of error: we are all biased, but why?

Where we start by observing that both our senses and our interpretation machinery are not designed to capture reality as it is, that instead we are designed to make “useful” mistakes, and end up realising that scientists are stupid (using

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Posted in Evolution, Evolutionary Psychology, Science, Stupidity

Wrong, stupid and stupidly wrong!

After a longish pause, it’s time to start looking at some genuinely disturbing stuff: how easy it is to make intellectual mistakes, and how hard it is to notice. I’ve been procrastinating this discussion for many reasons, but mostly because

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Posted in Premises, Science, Stupidity
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