Having investigated how the mind works last month, we now turn our attention to how it screws up. This month's Meetup, the fourth session in the THINK! series, will review the depressing multitude of mental mistakes identified by behavioral scientists, beginning with Tversky and Kahneman's "heuristics and biases" research of the 1970s. In addition to encountering old favorites like wishful thinking and confirmation bias, participants will learn how the illusion of control, hindsight bias, and escalation of commitment can corrupt our thinking. Indeed, exercises will give participants ample opportunity to personally demonstrate the pernicious effects of the availability and representativeness heuristics, mistakes like the conjunction fallacy and neglect of base rates, and the biasing power of framing.
You needn't have participated in previous sessions of this series to enjoy and benefit from this one, so please join us! We'll be in the basement meeting room of the Saint Anthony Park Public Library. Parking is available on Como Avenue and nearby side streets. Afterwards those who are interested can join Jerry and Mark for dinner at Nico's Taco & Tequila Bar, just across the street from the library. Hope you can make it!