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The 10 mistakes we all make when interpreting research

The 10 mistakes we all make when interpreting research

Relatively Interesting January 17, 2017 0

What do we actually mean by research and how does it help inform our understanding of things? Understanding what’s being said in any new research can be challenging and there are some common mistakes

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The Taxonomy of Logical Fallacies:  A Venn Diagram

The Taxonomy of Logical Fallacies: A Venn Diagram

Relatively Interesting October 19, 2016 0

The Taxonomy of Logical Fallacies was created in 2012 by Franklin Veaux.  In it, Veaux uses a Venn diagram to demonstrate roughly 40 overlapping logical fallacies, argumentative errors, and cognitive biases. Where might such

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The Cognitive Bias Codex:  A cheat sheet for rational decision making

The Cognitive Bias Codex: A cheat sheet for rational decision making

Relatively Interesting September 26, 2016 1

Cognitive biases describe the built-in thinking errors that humans make when processing information.  There are 175 listed on the “List of Cognitive Biases” page in Wikipedia.  These range from the popular Confirmation Bias to the Forer Effect

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The Logical Fallacies Collection:  Or 30 ways to lose an argument

The Logical Fallacies Collection: Or 30 ways to lose an argument

Relatively Interesting September 23, 2016 1

Looking for a way to lose your next argument?  Use one of the logical fallacies listed below.  From Ad Hominems and Anecdotes to the Straw Man and Tu Quoque, you’ll find a description and example

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38 Ways to Win an Argument:  The Art of Being Right

38 Ways to Win an Argument: The Art of Being Right

Relatively Interesting July 8, 2016 0

Ah, Internet comments.  There simply is no better place where ego and anonymity collides with logic and reason.  Comments on blogs can produce some of the most vile rhetoric ever spewed by humans.  In

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Logical Fallacies in the Lab

Logical Fallacies in the Lab

Relatively Interesting June 27, 2016 0

Errors in reasoning aren’t limited to just us regular folk.  Even highly educated scientists – who are taught how to think and are taught how to follow the scientific method – are not immune to committing logical fallacies.

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24 Logical Fallacies You Should Understand and Avoid

24 Logical Fallacies You Should Understand and Avoid

Relatively Interesting June 12, 2016 1

A logical fallacy is a error in reasoning due to a misconception or presumption, which makes the argument invalid. If, for example, the assumptions of an argument are true, the argument can still be rendered

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10 Cognitive Biases that Affect Your Everyday Decisions

10 Cognitive Biases that Affect Your Everyday Decisions

Relatively Interesting April 26, 2016 0

We make countless decisions every day. Some may be life changing, while others are so trivial we’re not even aware they’re taking place.  In scenarios we haven’t faced before, pre-existing biases – formed based

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50 of the most misleading, misused, ambiguous, and logically confused terms in psychology

50 of the most misleading, misused, ambiguous, and logically confused terms in psychology

Relatively Interesting April 14, 2016 0

The goal of this article is to promote clear thinking and clear writing among students and teachers of psychological science by curbing terminological misinformation and confusion. To this end, we present a provisional list

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A visual guide to Cognitive Biases

A visual guide to Cognitive Biases

Relatively Interesting March 30, 2016 0

Cognitive biases are psychological tendencies that cause the human brain to draw incorrect conclusions.  Such biases are thought to be a form of “cognitive shortcut”, often based on rules of thumb, and include errors

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