How is brain hardwired to subtly befool itself?

Aug 07, 2018, 8:24 AM EDT
(Source: Bryan Rosengrant/flickr)
(Source: Bryan Rosengrant/flickr)

A bit embarrassing but evidently our brain plays a trickster to itself, befooling us to make a majority of decisions based on subtle cognitive biases, be it about setting aside savings for the future or simply viewing a car travel as a safer mode than a flight.

In contrast to general perception wherein we immediately and almost certainly visualize the word “bias” as something related to race or media organizations giving a specific spin to a story, present bias represents more of our cognitive biases – the faulty ways of thinking hardwired into the human brain, writes The Atlantic.

A recent study, probing how cognitive bias turns humans against saving, suggests that our brain essentially “tunes out” information related to saving as it prioritizes earning, reports Inverse.