Steve Patterson and Brett Veinotte discuss Daniel Kahneman's book, "Thinking, Fast and Slow." We discuss both the helpful insights and the problems in the book along the lines of philosophy, economics, current events and statistical analysis.
Steve is a rationalist philosopher and author working outside of academia. He returns to discuss the current state of anti-intellectualism and irrationality in politics. We then transition into a related discussion about Thinking, Fast and Slow. Steve argues that System One is actually the "best friend" of System Two.
-Philosophical problems: are people completely irrational?
-"The Hot Hand" - the zone is more than just luck
-Practice vs. luck: we can transfer slow and careful system two thinking into efficient system one functioning
-System one and the subconscious
-Statistics don't apply to YOU
-The "Academic Fallacy" in the 2008 financial crisis
-Steve: the laws of logic are the laws of existence
-Availability Bias/Availability Cascades in social and mainstream media
-Before people police language, maybe they should try to understand how people use it
What This Series Is About:
Political thinking is often quick thinking.
Thinking quickly is is an evolution-driven feature that was once necessary for our survival. But in a vastly more complex world than the one our species grew up in, this mode of thought is often dangerous and destructive. Look around.
Sometimes some people, even libertarians, use mental shortcuts to arrive at faulty conclusions, and then engage in a process of rationalization for those conclusions.
This series will combine observations of the left and pro-Trump right over the last year with the valuable lessons from Daniel Kahneman's book Thinking, Fast and Slow. The goal is utilize examples of thinking errors to avoid making them ourselves, often without even noticing.
Steve's New Book: Square One: The Foundations of Knowledge
Full Podcast: #465: SPEED AND POLITICS (Part Three – Don’t Disregard System One)