Monday, October 13, 2008

Humans also evolved to have high level intelligence and mental discipline

With regard to the Scientific American article in Mark Thoma's "Links for 2008-10-12":

I haven't read this article, but I've seen many that look like it, about tendencies towards flaws in human reasoning that have evolved, or instincts to tend to think in certain ways which can cause errors, but the thing you have to keep in mind when reading any of these is that you shouldn't exaggerate, or make absolute, their effects, because the human mind also evolved to have high level, flexible, ultra high dimensional thinking, and mental discipline. If these things are strong enough in a human they can over-ride these tendencies, and they are very strong in many humans, just unfortunately not our President.