The European Tribune is a forum for thoughtful dialogue of European and international issues. You are invited to post comments and your own articles.
Please REGISTER to post.
Humans have emotions as Millman has already observed. And it is clear removing emotions from the "cognitive equation" affects the ability of humans to cognate - see Damasio Descarte's Error, & etc. Predisposition to over weigh, relative to objective valuation, one's education and the results of that education plus past experience and data plus emotional commitment to such leads to 'thinking dysfunction' as as the link shows with additional evidence from Taleb in his book Black Swan. Now toss in Altemeyer's work on Right Wing Authoritarians and his analysis of their basic episto-psychology.
And it we begin to get a glimpse that human decision making isn't "irrational," per se, but, rather, a complex melange of rationality (Critical Thinking) as embedded in the mesolimbic and mesocortical pathways, among others.
Aristotle got it wrong. Humans aren't "the rational animal." We are animals capable, subject to a galumphing horde of limitations, of choosing to be rational.
Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by Metatone - Aug 30 4 comments
by gmoke - Aug 26
by Metatone - Aug 22 7 comments
by eurogreen - Aug 21 31 comments
by eurogreen - Aug 15 28 comments
by afew - Aug 19 65 comments
by Oui - Aug 6 65 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Aug 7 78 comments
by Metatone - Aug 304 comments
by Xavier in Paris - Aug 293 comments
by gmoke - Aug 26
by Metatone - Aug 227 comments
by eurogreen - Aug 2131 comments
by afew - Aug 1965 comments
by eurogreen - Aug 1528 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Aug 778 comments
by Oui - Aug 665 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Aug 6188 comments
by Oui - Aug 56 comments