The uncategorised tapestry of being me

I am the way I am because of my life-experiences and particular knowledge. I make decisions based on those and of course applying the rules of logic. Other people, not uncommonly, do not understand or grasp why I do what I do or what I decide. I cannot communicate to each and every person the … Read more

Focalism and related biases

This bias is quite common. Have you ever been in a conversation where you make a thoughtful point, only to have the other person latch onto a single word or phrase and totally miss your intended meaning? This common phenomenon is known as focalism bias, and it can lead to frustrating misunderstandings and derailed discussions. … Read more

Red Herring Fallacy – more evidence of social media thought disorder

Thought disorder is not a diagnosis nor do I allude to a mental condition in Bloggs below. In psychiatry when thought disorder is observed, it may point to any of a dozen underlying mental disorders. But note carefully that the environment of observation would be clinical and not extend into the wider world. However, many … Read more

Faulty analogies

In the following weeks I’ll be doing an exploration of several logical fallacies and errors of thinking. I’m returning to this area because it is a difficult one to recall a taxonomy of categorised fallacies and errors. There are some 300-plus logical fallacies on record. Most people cannot name one. What’s the importance of this? … Read more

More proof that stupidity is alive and kicking!

As some will know I spend time on certain social media forums. The reasons have been explained before but I will again just in case someone has stupidly forgotten or won’t take the time to find out. Statement of intent I spend time there observing human thought processes. No – I’m not ‘psychoanalysing’ or psychiatrising … Read more

Banned by Amazon (updated)

The following email was sent to Amazon tonight. ============== I got this message tonight on the Amazon.co.uk platform. (2022-09-01 around 23:00). >>We apologize but Amazon has noticed some unusual reviewing activity on this account. As a result, all reviews submitted by this account have been removed and this account will no longer be able to … Read more

The Barnum Effect

Some will be reaching for Google and dictionaries on this. Some fine examples of Barnum statements, “Humans a not perfect“, or “Everybody makes mistakes – are you perfect?” or “Not everybody is a scientist.” The words seem to hold a truth held dear by ordinary people. But in essence they lack depth by the way … Read more