As experienced as I might be I always seem to fall for the old trick of anchoring. Someone throws out a number and at worst I believe it and at best I cannot forget it. Anchoring is used to bias or predispose your audience to believe you when you draw a conclusion based on your statement of the facts. A simple example might be an estimate of the population of China as 10 billion. You introduce it in conversation and then somewhat later in your argument you ask what the audience thinks is the population of China. If you compare a control group to your audience you find the control has a better, more correct sense of the population of China but your audience will consistently be shifted toward your number.
Update: Egregious example of anchoring - I won't repeat the number but if the State Capitol needs restoration I am confident it will not cost anything like the numbers put forward by the Governor's representatives. I was certainly glad to see the outside of building, which had been left to blacken, cleaned and repaired several years ago. I was glad to watch the scaffolding as the dome was repaired to control for moisture problems and glad I was not hanging from ropes on the outside dome surface.
Update: 3/6/2011 - Just back from being in the State Capitol - all signs of democracy have been removed - except for our "safety" it is still tedious to get in - empty your pockets, wand, turn, wand again! The marble and granite looks all shiny!
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