Apparently, intelligence does not cause us to be less influenced by cognitive biases like these:
● temporal discounting — We grab short-term gains in place of long-term benefits. For example, we insist on a particular new traffic control system because it is popular (thus we are popular too) when a different new system would perform better over the long run (but requires long-term investment).
● confirmation bias — In a pro vs. con discussion, we pay more attention to evidence that supports our current views than evidence that doesn’t. We don’t even look for evidence that tests our views. For example, if we already believe that the popular new traffic control system is a must, we focus on the traffic studies that support our views and ignore the ones that do not.
● sunk cost bias — We continue to invest in something that is clearly failing because facing reality after all this time is just too painful. For example, we continue to support the new traffic control system even though it has multiplied our traffic problems because, by now, the lesson is too much of a wallop to our egos.News, “Are we humans getting smarter or have we peaked?” at Mind Matters News
Takehome: Surprising as it may seem, there is no clear evidence that key thinking skills improve with measured intelligence.
It’s almost like the critical thing for human beings to have is not merely intelligence but wisdom. Oh, wait …
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