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Temporary bias
Sep 13, 2018
2 minutes read

When talking to friends and colleagues, I’ve been consciously trying to avoid my stance which is backed by something I read about just recently. Effects, biases and all sorts of things. The reason here being, when you try to directly apply these recent readings into everyday situations, try to squeeze them in, it feels like they all make total sense all of a sudden. The catch though, you are like a moving window with d - 5 days of memory. I’m not sure if such phenomenon is named something. I call it temporary bias.

With suffocating amounts of data available, if you read everything appearing infront of you, by human nature, you start being biased with these possibly ephemeral opinions.

In a way, I think the Lindy effect applies here.

The Lindy effect is a concept that the future life expectancy of some non-perishable things like a technology or an idea is proportional to their current age, so that every additional period of survival implies a longer remaining life expectancy.

The longer something you read survives, the longer it is expected to stick around and make sense. If your learnings, its applications have survived the test of time, it will stay mortal for same amount of time, more.

Knowledge doesn’t lead to wisdom, not in short term.


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