Monday, September 6, 2010

How We Make Judgements

Jonathan Haidt in his excellent book, The Happiness Hypothesis:
When people are given difficult questions to think about - for example, whether the minimum wage should be raised - they generally lean one way or the other right away, and then put a call in to reasoning to see whether support for that position is forthcoming. For example, a person whose first instinct is that the minimum wage should be raised looks around for supporting evidence.
Most people readily offered pseudoevidence... Most people gave no real evidence for their positions, and most made no effort to look for evidence opposing their initial positions. 
Been a crazy few weeks. Hopefully next week we're back to regular posts.

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