judgemental lamp


cognitive bias

cognitive blindness

judging ourselves

illusions that lead to errors in judgement

fallacies that lead to errors in judgement

effects that lead to errors in judgement

miscellaneous thought patterns that lead to errors in judgement

Julia Galef: Why you think you're right - even if you're wrong

illusions shattered

All acts of judgement require a decision !

"Be curious, not judgemental." - Walt Whitman

"Protect me from the serpent of judgement,
which only appears to be a healing serpent,
yet in your depths is infernal poison
and agonizing death." - Carl Jung

Identification of human souls possessed by hungry ghosts (demons)

Bodhisattvas on the second ground - "Stainless" - recognize demons as serpents of judgement.

Human souls, normally an extension of the Creator and Sustainer, are sometimes possessed by one or more demons.

Those walking hand and hand with the Creator and Sustainer are unable to see anything or hear anything except the truth so that is all they can convey - Truth.

Those possessed by demons live in an alternate reality.

They illuminate appearances.

To the laymen they seem to be telling lies while in fact they have fallen victim to the blindness of the veil of cognition that one of the demons has pulled down over their eyes (sometimes demons jab splinters into the third eye - the one Jesus pulled splinters from).

The demon is whispering in their ear and making them do things against the Life granted by the Creator and Sustainer.

To identify the demon in possession open the DSM-V - Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition - to the appropriate page dependent on demon behavioral expression.

ego defense mechanism

ego defense mechanisms

"Our very human need to not feel threatened by our immediate environment allows us to ignore certain realities existent in that environment. We do this without the conscious awareness of choosing to ignore. This is due in large part simple to the large amount of conflicting information that we have to sort. Some we sort consciously and some we sort subconsciously - without conscious awareness." - Athbhreith Athbheochan

"It has become pretty clear in the last 20 years that our judgements and ability to judge neutral information is contaminated - affected - by emotional values, by affective influences." - Moshe Bar

"The truth is, human beings have a nasty habit of ignoring the cold hard facts of the present in the hopes of using apathy as a magical elixir for future prosperity. They want to believe that disaster is a mindset, that it is a boogeyman under their bed that can be defeated through blind optimism." - Brandon Smith

"People have a neuro-psychological need to believe their perceptions are correct, so they reflexively discount, discard or block out any evidence that contradicts their narrative. Shifting that narrative requires a psychological quantum leap that usually comes in a flash of insight." - Paul Chefurka

"Overconfident judgements are utterly representative' of those made by professionals in medical care, financial services, and a host of other settings of "expert" decision making. In fact, physicists, economists, and demographers all suffer from this bias, even when reasoning about their field of expertise. When you have a good theory, overconfidence may do less damage. The problem is people usually believe they have a good theory." - JD Trout

A man,

declared dead by an Expert, was being prepared for burial when he revived.

He sat up, but he was so shocked at the scene surrounding him that he fainted dead away.

He was put in a coffin, and the funeral party set off for the cemetery.

Just is they arrived at the grave, he again regained consciousness, lifted the coffin lid, and cried out to be saved.

'It is not possible that he has revived,' said the mourners, 'He has been certified dead by an Expert.'

'But I am alive!' shouted the man.

The Expert who had pronounced him dead was present and the man appealed to him.

'Tell them I am still living!'

'Just a moment,' said the Expert.

The Expert then turning to the mourners and asked,

'We have heard what the alleged deceased has had to say.

You fifty witnesses tell me what you regard as the truth.'

'He is dead, as your expertise has already judged', agreed the witnesses.

'Bury him!' declared the Expert.

So the living man was buried.

"Somebody is not born an expert and does not become one simply by jumping through the right hoops and being declared an expert by a grand council of experts. Experts develop over many instances of trial and error, usually over many years. Expertise is developed through deciding to start and stick with something more than other people are willing to. "Experts" are people who actually do, not those who analyze and wait for somebody else to come along and tell them that they are now experts." - Zachary Slayback

Impartial experts not so impartial

Judgement is defined as:

The act of judging or assessing.

The legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision.

The capacity to form an opinion by distinguishing and evaluating.

The mind's ability to perceive and distinguish relationships; discernment.

The capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions.

The act or process of judging; the formation of an opinion after consideration or deliberation.


To govern; rule.

To act or decide as a judge.

To pass sentence on; condemn.

To have as an opinion or assumption; suppose.

One who makes estimates as to worth, quality, or fitness.

To determine or declare after consideration or deliberation.

To form an opinion or estimation of after careful consideration.

One appointed to decide the winners of a contest or competition.

To determine upon or deliberation; to esteem; to think; to reckon.

To assume the right to pass judgement on another; to sit in judgement or commendation;
to criticise or pass adverse judgement upon others.

To compare facts or ideas, and perceive their relations and attributes, and thus distinguish truth from falsehood;
to determine; to discern; to distinguish; to form an opinion about.

One who has skill, knowledge, or experience, sufficient to decide on the merits of a question, or on the quality or value of anything; one who discerns properties or relations with skill and readiness; a connoisseur; an expert; a critic.

cognitive bias

cognitive bias

(cognitive dissonance)

A cognitive bias is a pattern of deviation in judgement from what is perceived as the "normative judgement."

The "normative judgement" is a judgement made by an individual that adheres to "expected" and accepted modes of thought.

"Expected" modes of thought are based on false assumption that individuals bring no pre-concieved notions to their judgements and that these individuals operate from entirely objective views of reality.

Accepted modes of thought are based on the values, ethics and morality of each individual group and are entirely dependent on the collective worldviews, both conscious and subconscious, within each group.

"One nagging thing that I still don’t understand about myself is why I often succumb to well-documented psychological biases, even though I’m acutely aware of these biases. One example is my failure at affective forecasting, happiness dissipates more quickly than anticipated. Another is undue optimism about how quickly I can complete work projects, despite many years of experience in underestimating the time actually required. One would think that explicit knowledge of these well-documented psychological biases and years of experience with them would allow a person to cognitively override the biases. But they don’t." - David Buss

"One nagging thing I don't understand about myself is why I'm still fooled by incidental feelings. Some 25 years ago I studied how gloomy weather makes one's whole life look bad -- unless one becomes aware of the weather and attributes one's gloomy mood to the gloomy sky, which eliminates the influence. You'd think I learned that lesson and now know how to deal with gloomy skies. I don't, they still get me." - Norbert Schwarz

Actor-observer bias - the tendency to judge an other's behavior by overemphasizing the influence of their personality and underemphasizing the influence of their situation coupled with the opposite tendency when judging oneself

Anchoring bias - the tendency to rely too heavily on one piece of information when making decisions

Attentional bias - inclination to neglect relevant data when making judgements of a correlation or association

Authority bias - the tendency to value something according to an "expert" opinion

Belief bias - an effect where someone's evaluation of the logical strength of an argument is biased by the believability of the conclusion

Blind spot bias - the tendency not to compensate for one's own cognitive biases

Choice-supportive bias - the tendency to remember personal judgements made as better than they were

Confirmation bias - the tendency to search for or interpret information that confirms one's preconceptions

Congruence bias - the tendency to rely on direct testing of a given hypothesis while neglecting indirect testing

Correspondence bias - the tendency to draw correspondent dispositional inferences from behavior

Consistency bias - the tendency to incorrectly remember past opinions as resembling present opinions

Creativity bias - the tendency to reject uncertainty of new creations

Distinction bias - the tendency to view two options as more dissimilar when evaluating them simultaneously than when evaluating them separately

Egocentric bias - the tendency to remember or believe you are greater than you are

Expectation bias - the tendency to believe, certify, and publish data that agrees with expectations, and to disbelieve, discard, or downgrade data that conflicts with expectations.

Exposure bias - the tendency to express undue liking for things merely because they are familiar

Extraordinary bias - the tendency to over value an object because it is "special."

False consensus bias - the tendency to overestimate the degree to which others agree

Framing bias - the tendency to describe or approach an issue or situation too narrowly.

Hindsight bias - the inclination to see past events as being more predictable than they actually were. (see Hindsight bias loop - a neurosis)

Impact bias - the tendency for people to overestimate or underestimate the length and/or the intensity of the impact of future emotional states

Information bias - the tendency to seek information even when it cannot affect action

Ingroup bias - the tendency to give preferential treatment to an individual identified as belonging to the same social sub-group

Hostile attributional bias - aggressive reaction to assumed hostile intent

Notational bias - a form of cultural bias in which symbols are mistaken for real things

Omission bias - the tendency to judge harmful actions as worse, or less moral, than equally harmful omissions (inactions).

Optimism bias - the tendency to be over-optimistic about the outcome of planned actions

Outgroup homogeneity bias - the tendency to see peers as more varied in our sub-group

Outcome bias - the tendency to judge a decision based on the acceptability of results

Positive outcome bias - a tendency to overestimate the probability of good things happening

Overconfidence bias - the tendency to be overconfident in one's own abilities

Preference bias - the tendency to gravitate to the familiar

Primacy bias - the tendency to judge initial events as more important than subsequent events

Projection bias - the tendency to assume others share similar thoughts, beliefs, values, or opinions.

Recency bias - the tendency to judge recent events as more important than earlier events

Restraint bias - the tendency to overestimate one's ability to show restraint

Status quo bias - the tendency to like things as they are

Selection bias - the tendency to distort data arising from the way data is selected

Self-serving bias - the tendency to claim more responsibility for successes than failures

Separation bias - the tendency to conceive of oneself as independent of the environment

Specialist's bias - the tendency to look at things through the lens of one's own specialty, blinded to any broader point of view

Stereotyping bias - the tendency to project group traits - race, class, sex - on individuals

Subadditivity bias - the tendency to judge probability of the whole to be less than the probabilities of the parts

Trait ascription bias - the tendency to see oneself as flexible in terms of personality, behavior and mood while viewing others as predictable.

Zero-risk bias - preference for reducing a small risk to zero over a greater reduction in a larger risk

cognitive blindness

Cognitive Blindness accounts for most Cognitive Error.

Recognition of Cognitive Error is the basis for nearly all Cognitive Discovery.

We think We "see" something - it may be a physical object or it may be a conceptual construct

We look at it and We think We have "seen" it ... We start to look away and something "catches" our eye ...

We turn back and take a closer look ...

We "see" that We have not properly "seen" the object of inspection initially and We, jointly, discover something new !

Another way to describe demons (the same way as described in the Gospel of Truth) is as Cognitive Error.

We all know We all are immersed in Cognitive Error - even though many deny it.

Living tissue quantum mechanics concurs but, and this is what is critical to healing the psyche, you must face your cognitive errors to be able to see "behind the Curtain of Illusion" or "through the Veil of Cognitive Blindness".

To do this we say you must "go down the rabbit hole" - this is facing that which you refuse to face.

For most people it is the inability to "see" clearly, many times reulting from prefrontal cortex addiction to corporate broadcasts coming in over the flat screen black magic boxes, which results in a feeling of being manipulated like a marionette or played like a puppet and results in an inability to find a future focus where a feeling of security lies.

Recognition of Cognitive Blindness, the basis for all Cognitive Discovery, chases Cognitive Error back down the Rabbit Hole !

mobius spiral

illusions that lead to errors in judgement

Big Brother illusion - assuming that behemoth centralized government cares about you individually

Clustering illusion - seeing patterns where none actually exist

Collector's illusion - assuming cheap consumer products will one day fetch exorbinant sums

Expert opinion illusion - assuming that someone touted as an expert actually knows what he is talking about

Focusing illusion - wrongly attributing influence to a single factor by exaggerating its importance relative to other factors

illusion of control

Illusion of control - the tendency for human beings to believe they can control or at least influence outcomes that they clearly cannot

Irrational escalation - the tendency to make irrational decisions based upon decisions made or actions taken under the illusion of control in the past

Illusion of asymmetric insight - people perceive their knowledge of their peers to surpass their peers' knowledge of them.

Illusion of transparency - overestimating another's understanding of your own mental state or overestimating your understanding of anothers' mental state.

Illusory correlation - beliefs that inaccurately suppose a relationship between a certain type of action and an effect

Illusory superiority - perceiving oneself as having desirable qualities to a greater degree than other people Importance illusion - assuming that something is important because it was on network news or in the newspaper

Money illusion - irrational notion that the arbitrary values of currency, fiat or otherwise, have an actual immutable value

Nothing there illusion - not seeing the forest for the trees

Optical illusion - seeing things incorrectly optical illusion example
Ponzi illusion - assuming what appear to be upstanding community members are actually honest

Politician's illusion - assuming politicians will actually keep promises

Shopper's illusion - assuming the products you purchase will make your life better

logical fallacies

{thou shall not commit logical fallacies}
{an illustrated book of bad arguments }
{adventures of fallacy man}
{rhetological fallacies}

fallacies that lead to errors in judgement

Logical fallacy - an error in reason based on an incorrect fundamental assumption

Base rate fallacy - ignoring available statistical data in favor of chosen particulars

Broken window fallacy - assuming breaking a window creates economic growth

Competition fallacy - assuring an 'even' playing field

Conjunction fallacy - assuming that specific conditions are more probable than general ones

Consensus fallacy - assuming that others think the same way

Double or nothing fallacy - failing to take into account the fact that winning streaks end

Gambler's fallacy - assuming future probabilities are altered by past events, when in reality they are unchanged

Gender Identity Fallacy - projecting social conditioning onto sexuality

Ludic fallacy - the analysis of chance related problems according to the belief that the unstructured randomness found in reality resembles the structured randomness found in games, ignoring the non-gaussian distribution of many real-world results

Moral Superiority fallacy - popularity predicates morality

Memory fallacy - confusion of imagination or false memories with true memories

Planning fallacy - underestimating task-completion times

Texas sharpshooter fallacy - selecting or adjusting a hypothesis after the data is collected, making it impossible to test the hypothesis fairly. Refers to the concept of firing shots at a barn door, drawing a circle around the best group, and declaring that to be the target.

effects that lead to errors in judgement

Ambiguity effect - the avoidance of options for which missing information makes the probability appear "unknown"

Bandwagon effect - believing something because others do

Contrast effect - the enhancement or diminishment, relative to normal, of perception, cognition and related performance as a result of immediately previous or simultaneous exposure to like stimulus

Denomination effect - the tendency to spend more money when it is denominated in small amounts (e.g. coins) than large amounts (e.g. bills)

Devil effect - a particular negative trait of an individual "frames" the entire individual

Dunning-Kruger effect - incompetent individuals tend to overestimate their own level of skill and talent while failing to recognize genuine skill in others and the extremity of their own inadequacy

Endowment effect - to ascribe more value to a possessed object

Forer effect (aka Barnum Effect) - to rate sets of statements as highly accurate for oneself personally even though the statements could apply to many people

Framing effect - drawing different conclusions based on how information is presented

Halo effect - a particular positive trait of an individual "frames" the entire individual

Hawthorne effect - people act differently when they know they are being observed

Lake Wobegon effect - the phenomenon that a supermajority of people report themselves as above average in desirable qualities

Licensing effect - positive acts make up for negative acts

Mere-Exposure effect - developing a preference for something merely because it is familiar

Moral credential effect - prior track records of non-prejudice increases subsequent prejudice

Observer-expectancy effect - expectations of a given result create a subconscious bias to manipulate or misinterprets data in order to find expected results.

Ostrich effect - ignoring an obvious (negative) situation.

Neglect of prior base rates effect - the tendency to neglect known odds when reevaluating odds in light of weak evidence

Pseudocertainty effect - making risk-averse choices if the expected outcome is positive while making risk-seeking choices to avoid negative outcomes

Thinking-in-the-box effect - unawareness that ones knowledge is cognitively bound by one's experience

Telescoping effect - recent events appear to have occurred more remotely and remote events appear to have occurred more recently

Von Restorff effect - things that have caught our attention to more likely remain in memory

Yes-men effect - failure to see that everyone is in agreement for the sake of unanimity

thought patterns

miscellaneous thought patterns that lead to errors in judgement

Availability heuristic - estimating what is more likely by what is more available in memory, which is biased toward vivid, unusual, or emotionally charged examples.

Cryptomnesia - a form of misattribution where a memory is mistaken for imagination, occurs when memories seem impossible to be true

Hyperbolic discounting - the tendency for people to have a stronger preference for more immediate payoffs relative to later payoffs, where the tendency increases the closer to the present both payoffs are

Availability cascade - a self-reinforcing process in which a collective belief gains more and more plausibility through its increasing repetition in public discourse (or "repeat something long enough and it will become true")

Disregard of regression toward the mean - the tendency to expect extreme performance to continue

Divestiture aversion - valuing a good or service at more than market value after property rights to the good or service have been established

Fundamental attribution error - the tendency for people to over-emphasize personality-based explanations for behaviors observed in others while under-emphasizing the role and power of situational influences on the same behavior

Herd instinct - the common tendency to jump on the bandwagon by adopting the opinions and following the behaviors of the majority to feel safer and to avoid conflict

Just-World/God phenomenon - the tendency for people to believe that the world or God is "just" and therefore people "get what they deserve"
Need for closure - the need to have an answer and to escape the feeling of doubt and uncertainty.
Neglect of probability - the tendency to completely disregard probability when making a decision under uncertainty

Not Invented Here - the tendency to ignore that a product or solution already exists

Pareidolia - vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) are perceived as significant, e.g., hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse or thinking the speaker on the television is talking to you personally

Post-purchase rationalization - the tendency to persuade oneself through rational argument that a purchase was a good value

Reactance - the urge to do the opposite of what someone wants you to do out of a need to resist a perceived attempt to constrain your freedom of choice

Reminiscence bump — the effect that people tend to recall more personal events from adolescence and early adulthood than from other lifetime periods

Rosy retrospection - the tendency to rate past events more positively than they had actually rated them when the event occurred

Selective perception - the tendency for expectations to affect perception
Self-fulfilling prophecy - the tendency to engage behavior that elicit results which will confirm our beliefs

Semmelweis reflex - rejecting evidence that contradicts an established, generally accepted paradigm

Subjective validation - perception that something is true if a subject's belief demands it to be true. Also assigns perceived connections between coincidences

Suggestibility - a form of misattribution where ideas suggested by a questioner are mistaken for memory

System justification - the tendency to defend and bolster the status quo

Ultimate attribution error - assigning an internal attribution to an entire group instead of each individual within the group

Wishful thinking - the formation of beliefs and the making of decisions according to what is pleasing to imagine instead of by appeal to evidence or rationality.

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judging ourselves

Judgment is a natural instinctive reaction required by all animals for survival. Members of a hierarchical social structure are conditioned to believe that they must conform and perform. To conform one must observe others and compare oneself to those others. Personal performance requirements will be self-judged based upon observations of the others behavior.

Once we no longer have to make judgment for survival then that function, which still occurs, will judge something else. If our performance, in our judgment, does not meet our expectations, based on conformance observations, then we will suffer emotionally. We can not stop judging but we can change the focus of our judgment from one of performance and conformity. If we no longer are concerned with conforming to a particular standard then we no longer are compelled to perform.

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