Cato Unbound Update
By Bryan Caplan
To turn Friedman’s argument around, I think that he’s the one with an unrealistic, stilted psychology that’s “vulnerable to caricature and dismissal.” Friedman seems to think that everyone wants to get the right answer — and given enough information, everyone would get the right answer. In contrast, I maintain that cognitive motives are more complex. People want more than just the truth. They also want beliefs that give meaning to their lives, and cement relationships with friends and family.