Understanding Bias – What color is this truck?

I fucking hate pseudoscience

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No, it’s not a trick question.  Go ahead and say it.  The truck is yellow.

So what’s the point?  How does this help us grasp the concept of cognitive bias?  Well, consider this quote from David McRaney,

“If you notice a rise in reports about shark attacks on the news, you start to believe sharks are out of control, when the only thing you know for sure is the news is delivering more stories about sharks than usual. . . you think, ‘Gosh, sharks are out of control.’ What you should think is ‘Gosh, the news loves to cover shark attacks.”

It’s actually very reasonable to assume that the more you hear about shark attacks, the worse the problem is. It’s how our minds work.  Our brains are making an assumption that works really well in small-scale.   In other words, when our world is small enough that the stories…

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That’s it, I give up.

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I made a decision twenty years ago.

I decided that I would set creative writing to one side so that I could focus on obtaining what some people would call ‘a real profession’.

Ten years ago, I decided I couldn’t avoid writing any more without some part of me dying, so I started writing creatively again as a ‘hobbyist’.

Being a hobbyist isn’t enough for me.

Having a ‘professional’ job hasn’t gotten me all that I hoped it would. Furthermore, it costs me emotional energy, enthusiasm, and creativity. Having spent those pennies at work, I have little-to-nothing to put into writing projects.

That’s gotten even worse since I started looking for a new (white collar professional) job. I’ve had even less zazz. This is because I experience looking for work to be twice as draining as actually working the job. Writing has slowed to a trickle.  Why in the world should I try so hard for a job I don’t actually want to do?

So I’ve decided to give up.

That’s it. I quit. Don’t want to do it anymore. Not gonna do it anymore.

I hereby resign from the world of white collar professionalism.

Enough is enough.

I am going to get a J-O-B that pays the bills that I can do in my sleep.  Then I will write my ass off.

 

 

Starting Where You Are

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“Gary’s Eyes are Gone”  conte drawing Chloe Cocking  Gary’s eyes are gone, jury’s out on whether mine are, too . Photo Chloe Cocking

It seems to me that creative or artistic development has intimate links with self-development.

To the degree that I am not writing and painting, I am not being with myself. (Cue the distinction between be-ing and do-ing). I spend a certain amount of time resisting my own muse by doing. I dunno why.

The upshot is I am often not a human being, I’m a human doing. I run around Getting Thing Done ™- things that I don’t actually want to do, things that probably don’t matter, things that get me nothing and waste the ‘good’ hours of the day.

So I read this and found things in there I liked, including this remark:

You always start with where you are and work from there no matter what stage you’re at or how much work you’ve already done

I think this is as close as I am going to get to a New Years resolution- Chloe, start where you are.