If there is one principle we can learn before the year ends and practice it relentlessly in 2013 and beyond, this is it.
This comes to us from this year’s Turing Award winner Dr. Judea Pearl
“Human judgement is often synonymous with bias”
As you may have noticed from hundreds of blog posts, articles and books published every year we are bombarded with what are essentially human judgements packaged as sage advice. Be it lessons we are asked to learn from Raj or Steve Jobs we are presented with biased opinions of authors who cherry pick evidence to fit their preconceived notion and fail to seek contradicting evidence.
The result is all those simplistic proclamations that goad us to
- Be highly effective
- Move from good to great
- Be remarkable
- Enchant, Fascinate
- Adopt freemium
- Value internet startups at $100 billion
Let us learn to cast aside such proclamations for they are merely biased opinions.
Note: Notice how measured Pearl is in even in this simple statement, he qualified with “often”. I am making a stronger statement here than Pearl did because of my bias and the fact that we don’t stand to lose much if we ignored most advices from gurus vs. spending time adopting them.