As a little tease for the audience we like to ask the Future Salon speaker three questions beforehand. Further down are Peter Marks' answers. Great answers, can't wait for his talk. Please join us on Wednesday the 30th of June RSVPhttp://bit.ly/9Bny5B.
was the biggest blind spot that you overcame yourself.
thing I've become more aware of is how the "confirmation bias"
affects me. Most of us, myself included, are confident in our own
beliefs. When challenged, we start looking (only) for evidence that
supports our opinion. Early in school and in my career, my knee-jerk
reaction was to bury contrary opinions in an avalanche of facts.
example of how the confirmation bias plays out, many conservatives will
dismiss liberal news sources and watch only, say, Fox News. Similarly,
liberals will avoid Fox, and listen only to sources that confirm their
beliefs. Confirmation biases affect everything from science to
business decisions to decisions to go to war (with weapons of mass
destruction in Iraq as a recent example).
we're after the truth, we want to look as hard for disconfirming evidence as
confirming evidence. These days, I try to be slower in coming to
conclusions; first looking for contrary evidence.In
many cases, the result is a greater tolerance for ambiguity.
that said, there comes a time when we have to decide and move forward with
action. Weighing both the disconfirming and confirming evidence
gives us a better chance of making the right decision when the time for action
Thanks Miguel F. Aznar for excellent moderation of the Future Salon. Doing it old school with chocolate and round of introduction. It took 18 minutes, but may have been worth it, as the activity level in the room was definitely great. Exactly what is needed to unleash the best questions that my speakers are telling me the Future Salon audience are asking them.Check it out.
We all have blind spots, not only in our vision, but also in our
thinking. This Future Salon will help you spot your own blind sides. Please join us on Wednesday the 30th of June RSVPhttp://bit.ly/9Bny5B.
Imagine if programmers were stuck with the Intel 4004 architecture (perhaps the
first microprocessor) and had to write better software to work around its many
limitations in memory and speed. At the least, they'd bitterly
complain. Many would despair of creating modern applications.
Yet, in a sense, that's the situation we face with using our
cognitive hardware (our brains) to make modern decisions. The
physiological hardware of our brains has been essentially unchanged for 35,000
The limits of human cognition are especially apparent with conscious decision
making and social or group decisions. This month's speaker, Peter Marks,
has conducted significant research in what he calls "Blind
Spotting." It turns out that we have more than a hundred documented
cognitive and perceptual biases that often hide aspects of reality from
conscious examination. The last decade's stunning research on mirror
neurons and imitation figures in this as well.