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Friday, June 15, 2012

Thinking: Post#9 - What You See....

WYSIATI: Jumping to conclusions is, for some people, a national pastime! When we learn something new or meet a new person, System 1 wants to believe them, think the best, and create a narrative consistent with those thoughts. However, System 2’s job is to be in charge of doubting and disbelieving. In essence, System 2 is the checks-and-balances of System 1. Together they help us get things straight. Unfortunately, overload, fatigue, and distraction overtake the power and purpose of System 2, and this safety net does not catch errors of System 1. The Result: We end up believing that what you see is all there is (WYSIATI). Thus, we jump to erroneous conclusions that can lead us to make poor decisions.

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