Crap Hammer

The Reverse Formulation Bullshit Detector – or “Crap Hammer”

The interesting thing about thinking tools is the fact they don’t have to be complex philosophical or psychological concepts. In fact, the simpler they are, the better they work. Especially on concepts like bullshit. Thinking tools, in that need for simplicity, are like a hammer or a screwdriver. If you needed a manual to operate a hammer (as opposed to …

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“For the rain it raineth every day” – Shakespeare vs. cognitive bias & linguistics

The 450th anniversary of Shakespeare has the whole English speaking world jumping with excitement. Of course it does, he’s the greatest playwright that ever lived, right? How do you know? It’s not just a critical opinion, based on evidence, it’s also an assumption. Assumptions are the name we give to cognitive bias behaviours, and in when it comes to the …

Wyle E Coyote teaches us how our brains work

Work cartoons, kids & coyotes: how both your minds see data…

  Take a look at the picture above. This demonstrates how your mind works.  Not just yours, but humans in general.  What it shows is the relationship between your rational mind and your unconscious mind.  It’s not obvious, because neither your reason or your unconscious are easy to spot, we just experience them as our ‘thoughts’.  But in fact, they …