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Thursday, June 27, 2013

'Cognitive Biases' Affects All Thinking, Creativity, Design AND Other Things Re Publishing, Writing

'Cognitive Biases' affect how we
think and see things
Thought, creativity and design are all ingredients in plotting, writing and designing books. It is, indeed, a substantial artistic endeavor.

But guess what? Whenever we attempt anything creative or involving truly creative and critical brain 'hits' --- we pick a fight with our brains, which are mostly flooded in mental ruts and resist deviation from those ruts or what formal education has dubbed 'cognitive biases' :) It is a phenomenon studied in cognitive science and social psychology.   

Cognitive biases also go a long way in explaining just why some folks have such a hard time  letting loose of older concepts and accepting change when it comes --- which is almost constantly in world time.

“In life we perceive reality selectively, attending to some things more than 0thers. The issue is that we pay more attention to things that support our ideas, values and beliefs than things that refute them. This Confirmation Bias obscures the weaknesses of our designs to our own eyes and hinders critical reflection.” --- Paul Ralph, PhD

To practice gaining control over our cognitive biases and free us to ‘think outside the box’ and truly reach our creative summit, let’s examine six bias-infused errors most will be familiar with.  

Dr.Paul Ralph expounds in this short article for Website Magazine:

Does Cognitive Bias Kill Creativity?

When you aim for a creative solution - not simply an incremental improvement, but a real innovation - you pick a fight with your own brain. Vast arrays of systematic deviations from optimal reasoning, which psychologists call "cognitive biases," conspire to subvert your creativity. Here are six bias-infused errors you may recognize.

1. It's not my fault,  it's default...

To complete article click http://www.websitemagazine.com/scripts/sub/digital.aspx?issue=67 then click "Does Cognitive Bias Kill Creativity"




Source: Article:  http://www.websitemagazine.com/scripts/sub/digital.aspx?issue=67

Paul Ralph: http://paulralph.name/

 List of cognitive biases: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases

'Cognitive Biases' Affects All Thinking, Creativity, Design --- AND Things Re Publishing, Writing

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