3-2 Pessimistic Bias – Book Report/Review Example
full Pessimistic Bias (an essay response and blog post) 10 July Response to the article/video clip – it is trueindeed that people tend to be focused on the negatives rather than on the positives, almost like a death wish. Whenever there is a bit of good news, people tend to dismiss it as something that is expected and par for the course. But any bad news tends to get magnified such that it can sometimes gain a life of its own as it gets passed around, discussed, analyzed, and also quite, sensationalized. Bad news sells, it seems., and even worse, bad news gains credence more than the piece of good news. A good example is the prediction of Malthus wherein at some point, population growth outpaces food supply. It seems to be a logical argument and yet it did not happen because every increase in numbers of people gets a corresponding improvement in food production. It is good that someone pointed out the dangers of a pessimistic bias as it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Improvements in technology, medicine, and science leads to better lives (Caplan para. 1).
Response to a blog post of a fellow student – it is correct that many people today, and especially the younger generations, have taken so many good things for granted like the use of computers (laptops, netbooks, smart phones, and iPads) and they failed to realize how these things were of recent inventions only, that of a matter of just years and decades earlier many of these things and modern life convenieces were not yet in existence. Another instance when people for granted modern conveniences is the development of the World Wide Web (WWW) or the Internet which revolutionized information and communications technology. It is a case of what Andy Grove of Intel called as “inflection points” which are breaks in the pattern of things (Grove 105); people can now talk and get updated almost instantaneouly, engage in the social media sites and get news from everywhere in the instant these events happened.
Caplan, Bryan. “Pessimistic Bias: Everythings Amazing and Nobodys Happy.” Learn Liberty, 13 May 2014. Web. 09 July 2014. .
Grove, Andy. Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points that Challenge every Company and Career. New York, NY, USA: Doubleday, 1996. Print.
Due: July 11, 2014 @ 9:52 p.m.