Fluency Versus Frequency

Fluency Versus Frequency

When it comes to the availability heuristic, fluency seems to be the most important factor. The ease with which an example of something comes to mind matters more than the real world frequency of the event. Salient examples of people being pulled over by the police, of celebrity divorces, or of wildfires cause our brains … Continue reading Fluency Versus Frequency

Recognize Situations Where Mistakes Are Common

Recognize Situations Where Mistakes Are Common

"Because System 1 operates automatically and cannot be turned off at will, errors of intuitive thought are often difficult to prevent," writes Daniel Kahneman in Thinking Fast and Slow. System 1 is how Kahneman describes the intuitive, quick reacting part of our brain that continually scans the environment and filters information going to System 2, … Continue reading Recognize Situations Where Mistakes Are Common

Determining Good or Bad

What makes a situation good or bad? In his book, The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday follows the stoic logic of Marcus Aurelius to explain that our perceptions and opinions are¬†how we determine whether any given situation is good or bad. How we decide to interpret any event shapes our actions, and we can … Continue reading Determining Good or Bad