Tag: overcoming-bias

  • Financial Equivalents of Life Events

    Willingness to pay to prevent traumatic life events is “the relevant standard” for measuring the hurt they inflict upon a person. This is according to Robin Hanson, responding to comments in an earlier article of his (previously) where he suggested that as cuckoldry “is a bigger reproductive harm than rape, so we should expect a…

  • Incidence and Prevention of ‘Non-Paternity Events’

    A non-paternity event is a situation whereby the biological father of a child is “someone other than who it is presumed to be”. Typically this involves some form of¬†paternity fraud. In one of the most gut-wrenching articles I’ve read in months (due to the many¬†human interest stories in the article, no doubt), the surprising incidence…

  • Testing Rationality and Bias

    How can we test our rationality and various biases? Shouldn’t you get more rationality credit if you spend more time studying common biases, statistical techniques, and the like?¬† Well this would be good evidence of your rationality¬†if¬†you were in fact pretty¬†rational about your rationality, i.e., if you knew that when you read or discussed such…

  • Lying for Education

    “Now I know some of you have already heard of me, but for the benefit of those who are unfamiliar, let me explain how I teach. Between today until the class right before finals, it is my intention to work into each of my lectures … one lie. Your job, as students, among other things,…