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

Jun 5, 2017

I was biking to the grocery store a few days ago. As I was pedaling along happily, a bright-red car door materialized in front of my face…

I swerved. I almost fell off my bike but was able to recover. As soon as I was stabilized, I looked back to yell at the man who’d opened the car door and almost killed me.

“What a @#$%ing dick,” I muttered to myself as I pedaled into the parking lot of the grocery store. In that moment, this man was clearly an asshole.

Or was he?

As I walked through the grocery aisles, I realized that I’d failed to apply Hanlon’s Razor to the situation:

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

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