God, what a species

January 26, 2010 at 7:30 pm Leave a comment

We are not that bright. Someday soon I’m gonna find out the name of the clown who labelled us “homo sapiens sapiens” and build a time machine and go back and bitch-slap him.  And it was a him, of that you can be sure.

Anyhow, this wordpress site, one of far too many I have created, is gonna be devoted to readings on the fallibility (at best) of human reasoning.  With a garnish of what to do about it.
Have read Stuart Sutherland’s “Irrationality” (very good) and Dan Ariely’s “Predictably Irrational” (excellent) and have others on the list.

Primarily – at the moment- interested in

a) the whys of how we are built to screw it up (evolutionary palimpsests etc)

b) the hows of how we screw it up (kinds of cognitive biases and how they show up in everyday and unusual circumstances)

c) what to do about b) since short of the whole Extropian guff, we are stuck with what we got.  As the guy said “We are like sailors who must rebuild the ship on the open sea, never able to dismantle it in dry-dock and to reconstruct it there out of the best materials.”

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Entry filed under: humour, palimpsest brain, rationality, self-knowledge.

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