The Differences Between an Assumption and a Cognitive Bias

What are the differences between an assumption as ‘an implicit premise’ in an argument, and a cognitive bias, like the anchoring bias? Provide examples and explain.

To answer this question, be clear on assumptions as hidden premises and how arguments are working to evaluate them properly. Describe how to practice identifying these kinds of assumptions, namely, unstated, missing premises. Discuss how to identify these kinds of assumptions. How might an examination of your assumptions and biases aid in your critical thinking about problems? Provide an example – this is a personal reflection on identifying a general assumption and considering how the consideration of general assumptions may improve your reasoning. There is no right or wrong answer.