A Short Story about the Downside of Human Biases 😃

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A Short Story about the Downside of Human Biases 😃
Heba, Business Consultant, Qatar, Premium Member

Once upon a time a grain merchant loaded wheat on his camel's back. He managed to load 50 kilograms of wheat on one side. In order to balance the burden, he loaded another 50 kgs bag of sand on the other side. A passing man noticed this and asked the merchant: "Why you don't split the wheat to 25 kilograms on each side. That will help to lighten the weight and will allow the camel to move faster." The merchant liked that idea very much and immediately implemented the advice of the man. Then the merchant asked the man "Oh sir, you seem very wise, who are you, are you a known scholar or did you study in some well-known school?" The man replied to him: "No, I'm just a common man and have no strong credentials as you assumed". Following this answer, the merchant restored the sand and returned the first load into as it was initially! This funny story is a reflection of at least 3 cognitive biases: - AUTHORITY BIAS. The tendency to attribute greater accuracy to the opinion of an auth (...) Read more? Sign up for free
 

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