I really liked reading this chapter, for the reason that it kind of got me thinking in circles and questioning my own beliefs. For instance, I have always believed in the "hot hand" in sports, and had never really thought of it as a supernatural phenomena, but as a fact (something to do with muscle memory, I assumed). That got me thinking, well if THAT'S just due to a random sequence, then why did I believe in that, and what else do I perceive as fact that can only be attributed to chance?
The chapter also kind of slapped me in the face with the "Not Me Fallacy". I'm not saying I'm cocky, because I'm betting that most people tend to think similarly (although, damned if I know...), but I all too frequently find the little person in my mind smirking and smugly crossing his arms after I decide that I am totally objective and open-minded. I've never thought of myself as smug before, but for some reason that word kept popping into my head as I read.
And yet, at the same time, I almost felt MORE smug after reading this chapter. Now I know about all of these psychological terms, and I can totally pin them on my younger sister when she's trying to convince me of something, and I'll know I'm right because I read it in a psych text... which, in turn, gets me really frustrated, because half of this chapter was about exactly why that sort of thinking is dangerous.
Damn. Well, I'm excited for the course.