Cognitive Illusions

Freeman Dyson reviews “Thinking Fast and Slow”, by Daniel Kahneman:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/dec/22/how-dispel-your-illusions/?page=1

Money Quote:

“What practical benefit can we derive from an understanding of our irrational mental processes? We know that our judgments are heavily biased by inherited illusions, which helped us to survive in a snake-infested jungle but have nothing to do with logic. We also know that, even when we become aware of the bias and the illusions, the illusions do not disappear. What use is it to know that we are deluded, if the knowledge does not dispel the delusions?”

A suggestion to correct “cognitive illusions” and balance the conflict between the System One and System Two Brain?  Employ vocabulary for clarification.

Leaders take note:  Data can misinform but challenging your own intution can produce better decisions.

Howard

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