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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Logical Fallacies

This is a great poster for anyone. Backcountry skiers, office workers, people with families and spouses. I especially like the "middle ground" fallacy because I think we're socialised to compromise even when it's not in our best interest to do so.

Why fallacies?

The Avalanche Handbook says that you should study and memorise human biases, as many avalanche accidents are rooted in decisions that were improperly influenced. Think of it this way: if someone put something in your tea, wouldn't you want to know about it?

What if you put something in your own tea and simply forgot?

Here's a link to the full-size version:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Kenny Rogers

Know when to walk away and know when to run—Kenny Rogers

In light of the recent avalanche at Loveland Pass, discussed here on Teton Gravity Research, maybe avalanche education should focus entirely on teaching people when to walk away. But maybe that's not really enough. Maybe avalanche education already tries to teach people when to walk away.

Maybe avalanche education needs to teach people how to walk away.