Errors of Cognition

Habits one of the results of learning, the formation of new but relatively fixed ways of response in their totality, make up the character of the individual; that is, they are the individual, as he appears to other people. Knight Dunlap, Habits: Their Making and Unmaking, 1932 No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes. He sees it edited by a definite set of customs, institutions and ways of thinking. Even in his philosophical probings he cannot go behind these stereotypes; his very concepts of the true and the false will still have reference to his particular traditional customs. Ruth Fulton Benedict, Patterns of Culture, 1934 Individuals shape their world through their perceptions. Once they have created this world, they resist changing it. [They] selectively process information in order to keep their perceptions intact. They hear what they want to hear. They ignore information that challenges the world they've created. Stephen P Robbins, Essentials of Organizational Behavior (6th ed.), 1999

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