Why do we call our company ‘BetterBeliefs’? Why are beliefs important and what does it mean to make them better?
This recent volume ‘The Cognitive Science of Belief: A Multidisciplinary Approach’, Cambridge University Press (2022) is a great way to connect to the science of how:
♥️ beliefs lie at the heart of what makes us human
🧠 beliefs shape the organisation and functioning of our minds,
👥 beliefs define the boundaries of our cultures, and
🎯 beliefs guide our motivation and behavior.
The book even has a final section ‘Toward Better Beliefs’… it’s almost like they read our minds! 👀😃
The final chapter, ‘Building better beliefs through actively open-minded thinking (AOT)’ argues that better beliefs requires a more detailed and thoughtful examination of:
✅ adequate and unbiased search for possibilities, relevant goals, and
✅ reasons or evidence for and against those possibilities in light of the goals, plus
✅ unbiased inference from the resulting information In this scheme
Using the BetterBeliefs platform with diverse subject matter experts in structured sessions reduces risk of two kinds of mistakes:
🧐 inadequately deep search, failing the “actively” part of the phrase, or
🧐 inadequately broad search, failing the “open-minded” part (most commonly through confirmation bias).
Either of these errors can occur in any of the three searches, for possibilities [hypotheses], for reasons [evidence], or for goals [hypotheses].
The BetterBeliefs data and decision dashboard minimises bias when interpreting the results of search by individuals, allowing counterarguments and alternatives to coexist without preventing evidence-based decisions based on collective interactions.
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