Sta­tus Quo Bias

TagLast edit: 3 Oct 2020 1:05 UTC by Swimmer963

The status quo bias is a cognitive bias for the status quo; in other words, people tend to avoid changing the established behavior or beliefs unless the pressure to change is sufficiently strong.

The reversal test is a technique for recognizing fallacious counterarguments against change. If the counterargument states that the change of some parameter in one direction is undesirable, the reversal test is to check whether either the change of that parameter in the opposite direction (away from status quo) is desirable, or that there are strong reasons to expect that the current value of the parameter is (at least locally) the optimal one.

See also

Sta­tus Quo Bias—Los An­ge­les LW/​SSC Meetup #53 (Wed­nes­day, April 4th)

T3t4 Apr 2018 5:24 UTC
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[Link] Nick Bostrom on the Sta­tus Quo Bias

Jayson_Virissimo17 Jun 2012 10:51 UTC
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Which cog­ni­tive bi­ases should we trust in?

Andy_McKenzie1 Jun 2012 6:37 UTC
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See­ing Sta­tus Quo Bias

Liron8 Mar 2021 0:24 UTC
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Poli­tics is way too meta

Rob Bensinger17 Mar 2021 7:04 UTC
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