You and I, we are both just average

Bias: Illusory Superiority

“Whoa, wait a minute,” I can hear you protesting, “Dude, what are you saying?  No way!  That might apply to you, but definitely not to me.  I am special!” Face it, my friend, you’re nothing special, because the mediocrity principle simply states so. The universe…

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Finally, a less wordy post about our biases

Thank you, dear readers, for reading my blog-posts and for letting me know what you like and dislike about them (for example, too long, too wordy). I hear you; thus, this post is succinct in answering: Why we save so little? Why evolution is to blame for our stock losses? Why…

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Mere-exposure effect

The time has come again. It’s that time of the year when families gather for reunion dinners, when extended families from far-flung corners of Singapore meet in one central place for the annual “oh-how-have-you-been – when-are-you-getting-married – have-you-gained-some-weight – conversations”.…

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Fading Affect Bias

Fading Affect Bias

Among the many quirks our brains have is something called the “fading affect bias.”  Basically, we aren’t very good at remembering negative emotions.  Our brains shrink the memories of bad times, painful experiences and anything generally unpleasant. That is generally…

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