I’ve always considered myself a very rational and fairly unbiased person. Being aware of the general tendency for people to overestimate themselves (see also visualization of the Dunning-Kruger effect), this of course reduces my confidence in my own estimates of these. So what better to do than take some actual tests? I have previously taken […]

BMI (body mass index) is often used a proxy for fat percent or similar measures. This is for a good reason: So, the mean correlation across age groups and gender is very high, around .77 (unweighted mean across genders). There is a clear age gradient such that the correlation being higher at younger ages, which […]

Some quotes from Giving Debiasing Away: Can Psychological Research on Correcting Cognitive Errors Promote Human Welfare? by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Rachel Ammirati, and Kristin Landfield. I was happy to learn that Lilienfeld is part of the neorational movement! I have already read one of his books, 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions […]

I recently stumbled upon this profile on OKCupid (her profile, my profile). She is obviously a very bright person and well-read as well. So prominent that i shud have heard of her, given that she has nearly identical interests to me. So, i used my Google-fu and tried “vulcan straw rational talk” and instantly found […]

arstechnica.com/science/news/2012/04/thinking-in-foreign-language-makes-decisions-more-rational.ars This surely sounds like one of those dubious psychology experiments. U know the type, the type with a single or perhaps two small experiments that were slightly below p<0.05 and therefore publishable. So, i decided to take a look. The Foreign-Language Effect Thinking in a Foreign Tongue Reduces Decision Biases In general, there is […]

I found dhe esae from reeding anodher tekst (very komon praktis): soundproofsuite1850.blogspot.com/2007/12/book-review-which-way-western-man.html Dhe abov is aktualy orlsoe worth reeding. It is a book revuew of a book with very unpopular ideas, but shuurly som good peeses among dhem. Heer is dhe opening: “SEATTLE, Washington – Now why would I be reviewing this book, which was […]