Be Cautious of the Fallacy Fallacy

There’s a danger to learning about cognitive biases and logical fallacies and so on which is that you end up with this tool kit of ways to reject other people’s arguments.

While it’s really valuable to be able to notice rhetorical fallacies in other people’s arguments, it’s possibly even more valuable to be able to notice them in your own arguments. 

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A Day Late and a Dollar Short: The Planning Fallacy Explained

Why do we systematically underestimate the amount of time or money we are going to spend on a given project? 

Personal Growth

One of the most universal and robustly demonstrated cognitive biases is the planning fallacy.  If you’ve ever underestimated how long it would take you to finish writing that paper you’re working on or finish moving or get to your destination, then congratulations, first of all you’re a human being and that makes you subject to the planning fallacy.

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You Can Be Your Own Team of Rivals

Don’t stop at the first explanation that occurs to you, ask your inner rivals what competing explanations they can come up with.

Abraham Lincoln was one of the presidents who best understood the fact that you need to surround yourself with advisors who aren’t just Yes Men, who aren’t just going to agree with everything you say. 

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Why you need to outthink your lazy brain

It's important to challenge "good enough" explanations.

Personal Growth

Your brain is lazy. Don't take it personally, my brain's also lazy. Everyone's brain is lazy. It's how the human brain is built. We're what scientists call cognitive misers. And this is a good thing.

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