Hegelian Synthesis vs Occam’s Broom

  1. Decontextualization: I’m shown a politician saying something obnoxious. I think poorly of him. I later learn it’s been taken wildly out of context. Is it as simple as asking for context each time? For starts sure, but where does context end? I can ask for what he said before and after. I can ask for his mood that day, the weather, and the stock market. At some point I stop, and a bad faith actor takes advantage of information asymmetry, for instance a traumatic incident at age 5 that left the politician with a crippling fear of pigeons.
  2. Neatness: We have a bias for elegance, but data is messy, and we’re too anal to allow that. Yet, the fact that our experience tells us data is messy doesn’t make us suspicious when we’re presented with neat data.
  3. Cognitive Bias Suite: Confirmation, availability, regret minimization and prospect theory.

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