Cognitive illusions !

posted Dec 31, 2012, 8:39 AM by Abhishek Ojha   [ updated Dec 31, 2012, 8:39 AM ]

I started reading Thinking fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman. In very first chapter he says at one point -
"We can be blind to the obvious, and we are also blind to our blindness". If you have lived this (I believe all of us have done) then you know what exactly he is talking about !

Few paragraphs later he says - "The question that is most often asked about cognitive illusions is whether they can be overcome. ... biases can not always be avoided... As a way to live your life, however, continuous vigilance is not necessarily good, and it is certainly impractical. Constantly questioning your own thinking would be impossibly tedious... The best we can do is a compromise: learn to recognize situations in which mistakes are likely  and try harder to avoid significant mistakes when the stakes are high. The premise of this books is that it is easier to recognize other people's mistakes than our own. ! "

Well.. this is something which we all know ! I am going to love this book.. no doubt about it.