We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I say pay attention to it but don't let it rule your decisions. I grew up in the city and I am not a "trusting" person especially of strangers. My spider senses tingle when anyone is too friendly, staring at me or someone else, talking loudly, swearing, etc. and that's just the beginning. My intuition is listened to but I then gather more information.
I just listened to this while doing errands and taking a walk, and there are twenty good ideas in this podcast. He has a nice humility. The interviewer asked him if studying cognitive biases his whole career helped him reduce them, and Kahnemen said "A little." Then is there any hope for the rest of us? "Not much. We cheat to get the answer we want." Kahneman is more hopeful about improving group and institutional decision-making, which have to be part of a process that is out in the open and can be manipulated.
Thanks. I will listen to more in the series because of this.
Assistant Village Idiot
I don't think that there is such a thing as "cognitive bias." Do you mean that people don't have the right to their own opinion? If I don't like Eskimo's, is that a cognitive bias? Or more specifically, am I obligated to defend every opinion that I have? It shouldn't matter why I don't like Eskimo's. I don't have to justify my opinion, unless I'm trying to debate the worthiness of Eskimo's with someone else. All of us have thousands of opinions on different subjects. And we are entitled to have those opinions, without being accused of a moral crime. Or interrogated. Freedom of speech can only exist when people are not afraid of being labeled as "racist" or "homophobic." According to black people, if you don't agree with everything that they say, then you are suffering from cognitive bias. That charge is a form of political terror.