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Implications of Kahneman’s Findings

Robert Siegel’s interview with Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow author Daniel Kahneman:

“When you’re depleted, you tend to fall back on default actions, and the default action in that case is apparently to deny parole. So yes, people are strongly influenced by the level of glucose in the brain.”

The implications of such a study are tremendous: If democratic society is based on people making decisions, what does it mean when all it takes to influence those decisions is a little bit of glucose?

and from here:

“Crucial policy decisions are often based on statistical inferences, but as Mr. Kahneman notes, we “pay more attention to the content of messages than to information about their reliability.” The effect is “a view of the world around us that is simpler and more coherent than the data justify.”