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Cognitive Bias

A deviation of judgment that causes one to make inferences in an illogical fashion

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Going Mental

Errors of the Austerity Argument

Austerity
over 1 year ago

According to the debt-averse deficit hawk position fueling Republican budget proposals, we need to slash government spending to promote economic growth. That assumption relies on a 2010 research paper by two Harvard economists that we now know is studded with errors.

Going Mental

The Upside of Suffering

Paula
over 1 year ago

A few years ago, at mile 20 of my second marathon, I promised myself I would never again run a 26.2 mile race. I had trained impeccably, ran my first mile a little slower than goal pace, as everyone advises, and was primed to shave seven minutes off my previous time and traverse the five boroughs ...