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Thought Stack: Design Principles, Mental Models, & Cognitive Biases

May 23, 2017

We differ in how we see the world because we grew up differently.  

Since we are a product of our individual experiences, any new information presented to us has to pass through our individual mental filter.

Today's Mental Monday, we're covering Confirmation Bias.

Our brains evolved to be able to make quick decisions based on information that’s available to us. To be quick, we have to fill in the gaps with our beliefs, assumptions, and experiences that helped us get to where we are in life.

And therein lies the problem. We favor viewpoints that helped us get to where we are, even if they aren’t right.  We also HATE changing them…

We’d much rather keep things comfortable and the same.  It’s this wishful thinking for stability that makes any new information that disagrees with us fall on our mind’s deaf ears.

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