Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I'm fascinated by thinking.
I really want to know about what kinds of biases and errors our brains are prone to; both because the subject is inherently interesting, and because I want to have the best possible chance to avoid mistakes.
So, I'm happy to report that I really enjoyed reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. It's very well written and filled with great insights about all sorts of cognitive errors that we all tend to make.
I did have a few quibbles toward the end where he seemed to endorse the "libertarian paternalism" of Nudge, and the idea that money ceases to improve happiness beyond a certain point (see this Justin Wolfers interview video to hear the other side).
But, I'll try not to fall for the common bias of letting the ending overwhelm my judgement of the book, nor ignore the quantity (duration) of great content.
Reading the book has made me smarter, and I suspect it will have that effect on almost everybody who reads it.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
So, if the troops overwhelmingly support Ron Paul, shouldn't those who claim to "support the troops" support Ron Paul, too?
Otherwise, it seems like they don't really support the troops at all. They support sending the troops to fight and die for causes that the troops think are mistaken.
I hope such people never support me.