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The Marvels And The Flaws Of Intuitive Thinking Edge Master Class 2011 | Conversation | Edge
The Edge also did a feature on Kahneman a while back. Here it is, with more examples of ways in which our thinking fails, but also things we can do which we're finding difficult to program computers to do.
psychology  intuition  daniel-kahneman  cognition  cognitive-bias  rationality 
november 2011 by pw201
Michael Lewis on the King of Human Error | Business | Vanity Fair
Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky did ground breaking work on cognitive biases: the ways in which human thinking systematically fails. Fascinating article. Via andrewducker.
psychology  rationality  bias  cognition  cognitive-bias  daniel-kahneman  amos-tversky 
november 2011 by pw201
The Reason We Reason | Wired Science | Wired.com
"new theory of reasoning put forth by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber. In essence, they argue that human reason has nothing to do with finding the truth, or locating the best alternative. Instead, it’s all about being able to argue with others" And that's why we have confirmation bias. There's some dialogue in the comments about how it's not as hopeless as it may sound.
science  psychology  research  cognition  rationality  brain  bias 
may 2011 by pw201
The bright side of wrong - The Boston Globe
Article which argues that cognitive biases may be the price we pay for being able to jump to probable conclusions.
psychology  neuroscience  cognition  rationality  cognitive-bias 
june 2010 by pw201
You Are Not So Smart
Blog recommendation. Journalist David McRaney writes about cognitive biases and whatnot in a straightforward and funny way.
psychology  science  blog  cognition  cognitive-bias  rationality 
june 2010 by pw201
Valerie Tarico: Christian Belief Through The Lens of Cognitive Science: Part 6 of 6
The final part of Tarico's series, which links to the others. "Despite its boundaries, cognitive science, does offer what is rapidly becoming a sufficient explanation for the supernaturalism that underlies organized religion."
christianity  science  religion  brain  psychology  cognitive-bias  cognition 
november 2009 by pw201
Why We Believe in Gods - Andy Thomson
How human cognitive faculties give rise to religious beliefs. Not a proof that religion in false, of course, but explanation for how it persists despite it.
atheism  religion  video  psychology  youtube  cognition  cognitive-bias 
april 2009 by pw201
Religion: Bound to believe? : Article : Nature
Atheism will always be a harder sell than religion, Pascal Boyer explains, because a slew of cognitive traits predispose us to faith.
science  psychology  evolution  cognition  religion  anthropology  brain  cognitive-bias  pascal-boyer  boyer 
october 2008 by pw201

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