Thursday, August 13, 2015

Bias

We see based on the way we have seen. Based on what we recognise and what we expect. This helps us make incredibly complex decisions every day. It helps ignore infinite alternative possibilities. It gives style. It gives flavour. But... every single connection we make and thing we learn makes it harder for us to see anew. The Curse of Knowledge makes it harder to empathise with what it was like to not understand. Sometimes understanding prevents understanding. The best we can do to recognise and guard against the negative side effects of our bias, is to listen.
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