The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon is the phenomenon where something you recently learned suddenly appears ‘everywhere’. Also called Frequency Bias (or Illusion), the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon is the seeming appearance of a newly-learned (or paid attention to) concept in unexpected places. Where Did the Idea of a Frequency Illusion Come From? Linguist Arnold Zwicky first put the term […]
Humans have an evolutionary incentive to recognize patterns. The same mechanisms that helped early humans avoid snakes and other predators are still part of our constitution today. One of our in-built biases is the human tendency to see patterns where none exist. Clustering illusion is our bias towards under-predicting the variability of random – or […]
Why not go for the gold? I already asked you if lower salaried majors should pay higher rates on student loans and if higher salaried majors should pay higher tuition. Inspired by a recent post on the Freakonomics blog, I present to you another controversial (yet interesting) question for you to ponder. Should the less attractive receive benefits commensurate with their disadvantages due to their looks?