Here’s a thing:
Anchoring Bias: the unwillingness to stray to far from the quoted price, for fear of demonstrating that you have no idea of what you’re doing.
Availability Heuristic: the power ascribed to anecdotal evidence, most frequently in reference to the benefits of a gluten-free diet, and the perils of vaccination.
Bandwagon Effect: the willingness to be foolish when surrounded by other equally foolish people
Blind-spot Bias: the belief that you alone are capable of rational thought, while all these other people are idiots.
Choice-supportive Bias: the delusion of knowing that your child is the cutest, despite all recoiling evidence to the contrary.
Clustering Illusion: the mistaken belief that all bad things come in threes.
Confirmation Bias: more commonly known as the “I Told You So Dance”, repeatedly favoured over its almost-unheard-of “Backward Quickstep followed by an apology” sister.
Conservative Bias: the act of describing an easier way of doing things as ‘new-fangled’ and ‘morally-suspect’.
Information Bias: the self-important search for extraneous fact in the pursuit of having time or someone else make the decision for you.
Ostrich Effect: the ancient tradition of attending a violin concert while the world burns.
Outcome Bias: the self-reflection that a good outcome must have meant that you were wise and crafty in the process of achieving it; especially common amongst first-time gamblers and the heirs of large estates.
Overconfidence: the universal self-assessment of above-average driver competence
Placebo Effect: the inadvertent fulfilment of a baseless belief.
Pro-innovation Bias: a faith-based hunt for a problem to your clever solution.
Recency: the discrimination against long-term memory by completing forgetting about it.
Salience: a deeply-held anxiety around infrequent air travel, whilst calmly ignoring the universal self-assessment of above-average driver competence in the car on the way to the airport.
Selective Perception: the reason that both teams can be simultaneously victimised by a referee who clearly favours their opponent.
Stereotyping: a crisis whereby a statistically-accurate label ignores the labelee’s innate humanity.
Survivorship Bias: a realisation that history repeats itself because only the winners are remembered.
Zero-risk Bias: support for a painful preventative measure without any realistic possibility of a problem.
I’ve recently been revisiting Ambrose Bierce’s “The Devil’s Dictionary“. If you liked any of the above, then just know that they’re inspired by him, and you’ll find that book hysterical.
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