SEG Discovery Views Columns

Views columns are regular, invited contributions that appear in SEG Discovery, a quarterly publication that is a benefit of Society membership. This series, initiated by John Thompson and Jeffrey Hedenquist, examines a variety of issues via opinion pieces on subjects that we, as economic geologists, feel are relevant. Topics include exploration, resources, research, and professional development.

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Cognitive Biases and Fallacies in Decision-Making During Mineral Exploration

Written by Richard A. Leveille (SEG Member) | Printed in the January 2020, No. 120 issue of SEG Discovery.


Richard grew up following a Kennecott father around the copper camps of the western U.S. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology from the University of Utah and University of Alaska, respectively. He worked on five continents for a succession of companies, before retiring from Freeport as senior V.P. exploration in 2017. He and his wife, Janice, live in Phoenix, Arizona, and he now pursues hiking, fishing, and writing, in addition to geological consulting.

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