From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul> Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2012 16:42:46 -0400 Archived: Sun, 29 Apr 2012 08:12:59 -0400 Subject: Re: The Irrationality Of Irrationality >Source: Scientific American >http://tinyurl.com/cbj3j7v >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? From past exposures to Scientific American articles, I expected this article to steer me into a particular political mindset, but I was pleased to find that it did not. Or maybe it was too subtle to notice immediately. The article concludes, "Ultimately, we need to remember what philosophers get right. Listen and read carefully; logically analyze arguments; try to avoid jumping to conclusions; donít rely on stories too much. The Greek playwright Euripides was right: Question everything, learn something, answer nothing". Questioning and learning is important, but in real life, what's the point of questioning and learning if what you learn is not used as an answer to anything? Here might be the subtle mind- control strategy of the author. We're incapable of using all the facts, so just observe, don't act. The implication is that there are others who will act for you. William Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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