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The Irrationality Of Irrationality

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2012 08:40:50 -0400
Archived: Sat, 28 Apr 2012 08:40:50 -0400
Subject: The Irrationality Of Irrationality

Source: Scientific American


April 27, 2012

The Irrationality Of Irrationality: The Paradox Of Popular Psychology
By Samuel McNerney

In 1996, Lyle Brenner, Derek Koehler and Amos Tversky conducted
a study involving students from San Jose State University and
Stanford University.

The researchers were interested in how people jump to
conclusions based on limited information.

Previous work by Tversky, Daniel Kahneman and other
psychologists found that people are "radically insensitive to
both the quantity and quality of information that gives rise to
impressions and intuitions", so the researchers knew, of course,
that we humans don't do a particularly good job of weighing the
pros and cons.

But to what degree?

Just how bad are we at assessing all the facts?

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

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