Does Cognitive Bias Influence The Patterns We Exist?

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“Humans are pattern seeking animals and we are adept at finding patterns whether they exist or not” (adapted from Michael Shermer). Discuss knowledge questions raised by this idea in two areas of knowledge. My knowledge question is to what extent does cognitive bias influence the patterns we see in life? Cognitive bias is defined as pattern of distortion in perception and a deviation from rational decision; irrationality Decision-making, belief and behavioral biases. If a person was to look into human sciences and mathematics as ways of knowing, he or she would determine that cognitive bias is present every time a person sees a pattern. However, they are unable to see the bias for themselves because of the selectivity of perception. Human sciences will be beneficial in answering this question because looking at studies and experiments previously done on the subject would give insight into cases in which people use cognitive bias. Fallacies such as the bandwagon effect and the ambiguity effect could be seen in experiments to help prove or disprove the claim. Mathematics as an area of knowledge is helpful because it uses logic and reason through values and shapes to present patterns and it is the most common form of patterns. Also in math we can look at imaginary and irrational numbers as well as geometry to determine if cognitive bias causes pareidolia in logical patterns. My claim for human sciences is that human sciences show

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