Brain Capacity

Brain Capacity

The human brain is capable of 1,016 processes per second, which makes it far more powerful than any existing computer.

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The human brain is capable of 1016 processes per second, which makes it far more powerful than any computer currently in existence. But that doesn't mean our brains don't have major limitations.

The lowly calculator can do math thousands of times better than we can, and our memories are often less than useless plus, we're subject to cognitive biases, those annoying glitches in our thinking that cause us to make questionable decisions and reach erroneous conclusions. Here are a dozen of the most common and pernicious cognitive biases that you need to know about. Before we start, it's important to distinguish between cognitive biases and logical fallacies. A logical fallacy is an error in logical argumentation.

A cognitive bias, on the other hand, is a genuine deficiency or limitation in our thinking a flaw in judgment that arises from errors of memory, social attribution, and miscalculations. It's why we only visit websites that express our political opinions, and why we mostly hang around people who hold similar views and tastes.

All of us are put off by individuals, groups, and news sources that make us feel uncomfortable or insecure about our views this is called cognitive dissonance. It's this preferential mode of behavior that leads to the confirmation bias the often unconscious act of referencing only those perspectives that fuel our pre-existing views, while at the same time ignoring or dismissing opinions no matter how valid that threaten our world view. And paradoxically, the internet has only made this tendency even worse.

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