The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon is the phenomenon where something 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 […]
This is part of a series on cognitive biases. Click to read more about how bad humans are at reading and understanding We are all incentivized to recognize patterns. If we know that a certain traffic stop backs up at the same time of the day, you can save a significant amount of time searching for […]
We all make mistakes. We all hold false opinions. And we all perform mental gymnastics to hold onto false facts and reject true facts. Why does this happen? (Sorry for the headline, hopefully you will forgive me as this is an introduction to a series on cognitive biases!) The human brain has carried mankind to […]
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?