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Bias Rules The Way We Judge The World

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2011 13:56:09 -0500
Archived: Sat, 26 Nov 2011 13:56:09 -0500
Subject: Bias Rules The Way We Judge The World

Source: NewScientist.Com


24 November 2011

Bias Rules The Way We Judge The World
Liz Else

Do biases - some of them dangerous - creep into every strategic
choice we make? After a lifetime of research, Daniel Kahneman,
the man touted as the world’s most influential psychologist, is
convinced that they do.

But to judge by some of the questions and comments at the end of
his lecture at the Royal Institution in London last week, the
capacity crowd he addressed seemed to have a bit of trouble with
Kahneman’s arguments - namely, his key notions of fast and slow
thinking - and the potential for distortions in judgment that
arise from not recognising the biases these two modes can let us
fall into.

According to Kahneman, fast thinking is intuitive and runs most
of the show: associations, impressions, feelings, intentions,
and preparations for action all flow seamlessly. It produces a
representation of the world around us and lets us walk and avoid
obstacles while thinking about something else. It’s the mode
we’re in when we play football, chat down the pub, or take a
shower. It’s all about doing, not reflecting.

Then there is the slow-thinking mode.

[More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead ]

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