Why We Make Mistakes

Mistake --n. 1: a misunderstanding of the meaning or implication of something; 2: a wrong action or statement proceeding from faulty judgement, inadequate knowledge or inattention. syn: see error.*

My current read, Why We Make Mistakes by Joseph Hallinan has gotten off to an awesome start.I remember buying this book at Barnes and Noble near campus(yes, the PIT campus, Duh!) last year and was one of the books I did not bother to open or read the back cover, just because the tagline was so awesome.

How we look without seeing, forget things in seconds, and are all pretty sure we are way above average.

That line was enough for me to add the orange covered beauty into my to-read list. Here are some excerpts from the book:

And most of us, whether left- or right- handed, show an inordinate preference for the number 7 and the color blue.

Stating the obvious here, are we? I've always kinda known this, but never have actually seen this written down anywhere.

We are also swayed by our initial impressions of things that we are reluctant to change out first answer on a test; yet many studies have shown we would be better off if we did exactly this.

Here we go again with probabilities. Anyone remember Monty Hall? That's what the claim is...but again...its probabilities! I don't see the point the probabilities. They never practically help anyone!

It turns out to be very difficult, for instance, to unlearn or ignore bad information -- even when we know it is wrong or should be ignored.

Want to end with this one, especially since we've all always known this but end up going against reason and logic. I am a self-proclaimed rationalist (although a bunch of people would disagree with me on that) and am guilty to the previous sentence, just like most other people are, including House, the most rational of them all.