Re: Common Human Errors (was Re: (more))

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Thu Apr 26 2001 - 06:23:14 MDT

torsdagen den 26 april 2001 06:07 BigBooster wrote:
> I'm interested in exploring this general question by
> identifying common human errors and what can be
> done about correcting them.
> What do extropians consider to be the most common
> errors made by humans?

I think the far most common errors are those discussed in cognitive
psychology such as example bias (if you have an example of an event, you tend
to overvalue how often that event occurs), nonlinear subjective utility
curves, self-serving bias (I am in control when things go well, it is an
accident when things go bad) etc. There are piles of fairly simple mental
mistakes we do almost all the time, and getting rid of them is much work.
Just learning about them is a first step, but then you have to train yourself
to detect them and not make them.

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