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Series: Cognitive Bias

Series: Cognitive Bias

Understand the range of cognitive biases and how this phenomenon links with pipeline engineering.

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Cognitive Biases: Bias Blind Spot

Introduction to the topic of cognitive bias, particularly our own blind spot to this phenomenon.At conferences we like to introduce my topics with a short story, usually involving this little character. He's a pipeline operator and he's had a number of pipeline problems over the last few years. Fortunately, we always solve his latest problem by the...

Cognitive Biases: Confirmation Bias

Confirmation bias: can you put your beliefs aside and be unbiased?Not that far.Just a few centuries.You see, as a self proclaimed data scientist, we draw inspiration from a long line of great English mathematicians.Firstly, there's George Boole (1815-1864), creator of Boolean algebra, the lifeblood of digital electronics. Then there's Charles Babba...

Cognitive Biases: Causality Bias

Michael Smith introduces the illusion of causality bias and how it relates to Aaron Ramsey and celebrity deaths as well as to pipeline integrity management.In Cognitive Biases #2, we introduced one of our favorite English mathematician, Thomas Bayes (1701-1761). We also talked about one of the most endemic cognitive biases we suffer: the confirmati...

Cognitive Biases: Survivorship Bias

What do cats that survive falling from high-rise buildings have to do with cognitive bias? Find out in this next part of our series, in which we focus specifically on survivorship bias and then links the phenomenon to pipelines and reaching zero incidents. In the previous part of this series, we introduced the illusion of causality.​In 1987, the Jo...


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