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Outsmarting our “irrational brain” – or ourselves?

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Looie496 (talk)/30 September 2011

From New Scientist:

Evolution has built bias into our brains – here are the best ways to overrule your instincts and make better decisions about everything

Understanding the often irrational factors that affect how we make decisions has been a key aim of psychologists over the past few decades – and we’re just getting to the stage where we can begin to apply their insights. More.

We’d have to pay to read more. But why?

If “evolution” causes us to have an irrational brain, what causes us to gain control of it? An unevolved entity? Maybe, but that’s hardly what one would expect to hear from New Scientist in a “subscription drive” feature’s blurb.

One might just as well say that “evolution” enables us to monitor our thoughts and actions, and make corrections. And that raises the question, do we even have free will to make them? How does that arise?

The item probably achieves its purpose. The target audience is the New Scientist reader for whom, whatever the question, “evolution” is the answer, which saves a lot of fuss with the details.

Note: The behaviour of apes, who don’t have the same problems, wouldn’t be relevant either, though I didn’t pay to find out whether New Scientist retails that stuff goes there.

See also: Would we give up naturalism to solve the hard problem of consciousness?

and How can we believe in naturalism if we have no choice?

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3 Replies to “Outsmarting our “irrational brain” – or ourselves?

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    Vy says:

    They seem to forget they’re subject to the same process they believe in making anything they say useless. How do they know they’re not being deceived?

    Nothing but Yoda Complex.

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    Robert Byers says:

    We don’t make irrational decisions. They are rational if motivations are understood. Then also a careless lack of thinking things through. Yet its carelessness relative to timelines.
    We are thinking souls in connection with memory and everything is our free will.

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    Axel says:

    The target audience is the New Scientist reader for whom, whatever the question, “evolution” is the answer, which saves a lot of fuss with the details.

    !!!!! No wonder atheists bitterly inveigh against your sharp tongue, News !

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