The human mind is capable of one billion billion calculations per second. It is a masterful machine, awesome in its power and complexity.
But it's unreliable. It's illogical, irrational and unreasonable.
Have you noticed that two people at the same event, sharing the same experience can recall it differently? Take a political rally. Same location, same people, same events yet for some it’s a roaring success while others are disgusted at what has gone on.
This is our bias at work.
Our mind absorbs information through a lens shaped by our experience, our culture, our values, our beliefs and our environment. We mix it up and construct what psychologists, sociologists and philosophers call our subjective social reality.
We pay attention differently. We interpret differently. We remember differently and we assign meaning differently. There is no objective reality. Everything is perception and perceptions differ.
We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.
My next few blog posts will focus on bias - the way our mind can twist and shift our perceptions of reality. I’ll explore how this can distort our thinking and impair our behaviour. I’ll also give you plenty of tips on how to manage it, and master your messy mind.