MORE IDEAS FROM Thinking, Fast and Slow
It’s the system you use when someone sketchy enters the train and you instinctively turn towards the door and what makes you eat the entire bag of chips in front of the TV when you just wanted to have a small bowl.
It helps you exert self-control and deliberately focus your attention. This system is at work when you’re meeting a friend and trying to spot them in a huge crowd of people, as it helps you recall how they look and filter out all these other people.
Your mind likes the feeling of coherence and sentiment of habit, of déjà-vu.
From an evolutionnary point of view, Sapiens needs to have a construction of reality clear.
D. Kahnemann calls this process the System 1. This is a cognitive agent which is trying to explain all of you hear, see and feel by a causal link.
A first way to improve your critical mind is to admit that chance, at least multiple causes make events happen.
Our society is built on the premise that human beings are more or less rational. We trust that our leaders, judges, scientists, and other experts are making fair and unbiased decisions, and that we ourselves are seeing the world as it is and making the best choices we can.
If only that were true!
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