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September 12, 2015 at 10:57 am
Superficially, it's very difficult to gauge an individual's true skill and knowledge. We all know the old saying "Never judge a book by its cover." - However, we do this far too often. This is a very unfortunate mistake. In many cases, the book looks wonderful on the outside and is full of garbage on the inside. On the other hand, the outside may look far from impressive while, inside, is a wealth of quality and incredible beauty.
There are many different forms of this expression (often referred to as 'cognitive bias'). In some cases, people miss out on the golden wisdom of others and in other cases, they place far too much trust in those who may be far from worthy of their trust. In some cases, people fall prey to their environment - for whatever reason, whether it's because they desire acceptance and/or popularity or because they just don't have the will, time or capability to think for themselves. In some cases, people disassociate themselves with all others and in other cases, they try to associate themselves with as many others as possible. These things may come as a result of positive/negative 'nurture' while growing up and experiencing life.
In any case, they are at discord with truth, in the sense that truth is free of all cognitive bias. Truth, to most people, is considered subjective; At least, to all who may approach truth with a cognitive bias. However, in the minds of philosophers, truth must be free of cognitive bias and should take into account all perspectives and opinions of each individual and their individual subjective truths, at least as much as they can be understood by that philosopher/person, in order to arrive at a truth that is objective in nature.
Sadly, philosophy has a wealth of detractors and far too few supporters. I suspect that this is a result of people not being capable of diversifying their thought or developing their memories to a point where philosophical thought is an option for them - in which case, they aren't really being honest about the true value of philosophy and, by way of bias, discount it out-of-hand. In my opinion, this is also not a very honest stance. If you think about it, when a person wants to be a doctor, they'll study biology, medicine, etc. and when a person wants to be an accountant, they'll study finance, math, etc. But, in order to learn effectively - in order to truly gain all one can from their academic efforts - they should study philosophy. This is, basically, studying how to study. In my opinion, it is one of the most vital (and missing) parts of the basic educational system/process. Yet, it's avoided and/or disregarded because of bias.
I really could go on forever about this subject, as it is one that has consumed the greater part of my adult life, but I suppose it wouldn't be good to 'overload' people with information - dare I cause them to lose their focus. What I want to do instead, is offer everyone a fairly decent resource for helping them better understand the nature and types of cognitive bias so that they may be able to understand their own thinking processes better, improve or correct them (if necessary) and better understand the thinking processes of those around them, which will give them a very valuable tool in being able to reach out to those people in a positive, constructive way - rather than fighting, getting angry and causing more discord - so that the world can begin to heal and we can all move closer to a better understanding of the way in which we all think. This is, in my humble opinion, one of the most effective ways to address and, ideally, avoid the myriad misunderstandings and tragic events that seem to be filling up the world around us.
At the very least, I hope everyone will take the time to look over the various cognitive biases (I will include the link at the bottom of this note) and try to do a couple things:
First, see if you find yourself falling into a habit of alignment with one (or more) of these biases and maybe that will help to direct your thinking in a more positive, effective way.
Second, consider those people you know that you may have difficulty getting along with or whom you find yourself not seeing eye-to-eye with on occasion and try approaching them with a different mindset - now that you have some insight into the way they (as well as yourself) may be thinking.
Finally (and, by far, the most important), be fair, honest and promote truth - in the most objective way you can manage - because that is the only way we will be able to develop ourselves and the human race into one that, in the future, can master everything we wish to accomplish.
Thank you for the time and patience it took you to read this,
- D. M. Chapman -
More information on cognitive biases:
( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Cognitive_biases )
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