Source: Simon Hayhurst/Flickr Status quo bias is a cognitive bias that explains our preference for familiarity. Many of us tend to resist change and prefer the current state of affairs. How powerful is this cognitive bias? Consider this thought experiment from the renowned philosopher, Robert Nozick: "Suppose there was an experience machine that would give you any experience you desired. Super-duper neuropsychologists could stimulate your brain so that you would think and feel like you were writing a great novel, or making a friend, or reading an interesting book. All the time you would be floating in a tank, with electrodes attached to your brain. Of course, while in the tank you won't know that you're there; you'll think that it's all actually happening. Would you plug into this machine for life?" For most of us, our intuition is to say no. We might say something like, “There is more to life than pleasure," and cite the importance of our relationships with … [Read more...] about How Powerful Is Status Quo Bias?
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IAIN MCGREGOR/Stuff Laura Clarke, Governor of Pitcairn Island talks about an upcoming expedition to clean up and highlight plastic pollution on Henderson Island. A tiny GI Joe lies on the yellow lid of a plastic drum. The tide has washed the toy soldier to the same grey colour as a small, plastic stallion lying further up the beach. A single, tattered red gumboot stands upright. A little further away, the waves lap at an abandoned black clog. There's a white laundry hamper, a handful of builders' hats, and hundreds of water, shampoo and washing liquid bottles. Metres and metres of ghost fishing nets cover the sands and drape over rocks. There are more plastic fishing buoys than you can count, scattered up the coastline and wedged into caves and cliff crevices. No-one has lived on Henderson Island since the 15th century, but it has the highest density of plastic debris recorded anywhere in the world. Every day 3500 pieces of plastic trash wash up on its … [Read more...] about A remote Pacific Island is covered in plastic; scientists are determined to clean it up