[FoRK] A word about bias...
<jbone at place.org> on
Thu Dec 20 14:21:00 PST 2007
I have a great deal of admiration for Robin Hanson; somewhat less
so, though an enduring interest in the activity of, Eli Yudkowsky. I
read overcomingbias.com on a daily basis --- yet every time I do, I
have to chuckle some at the name.
Bias, of course, can be a perfectly fine thing. Some biases provide
a fitness advantage in various fitness landscapes; they are
evolutionary shortcuts, means of achieving statistically correct
behavior in the absence of complete information or enough time to
process whatever information is available.
Many kinds of bias, of course, are so specialized as to confer no
general benefit --- and many can be anti-fit when the host is
suddenly in a novel fitness landscape.
Bias by itself isn't the problem. It is bias which reduces fitness
in some important fitness landscape that's the problem.
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