Learning to change our inherent cognitive bias

Question from the Internet:

“Should children be taught in school about cognitive biases? Would learning about the ways in which we deceive ourselves into irrational beliefs and mindsets reduce these behaviors and improve critical thinking skills?”

I agree that we need very special education to help;p us out of our cognitive biases. The problem is that we are all born with an inbuilt cognitive bias, as our inherent consciousness, perception is 100% egocentric and subjective.

We are incapable of seeing the world “ as it is”, instead we view everything through our self-serving, self-justifying filters, sampling from reality only what helps our automatic, self-centered “pleasure/pain” calculations.

This is neither ‘evil” nor “sinful”, we are born with this inner “software”. This is why we cannot truly interconnect, we are incapable of true empathy, true love as everything is driven only by self-interest. This is the root cause of all the problems we ever faced and we also face today.

The problem is that this inbuilt software also gives us the impression that what we see is real, that we are right that we are capable of empathy and love. Thus we continue living in our egocentric, subjective illusions — even when we are already on the brink of self-destruction — and we refuse to consider changing, upgrading ourselves in any given circumstances.

Thus our individual and collective survival depends on recognizing, accepting the raw, unfinished software inside each and every one of us, and come to the willingness to change ourselves. This can come as a result of growing, worsening, finally intolerable suffering, or by a conscious, methodical self-recognition, and proactive self-change through the right, purposeful and methodical educational method.

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Zsolt Hermann

Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.