Our Imperfectly Evolved Brains
By Arnold Kling
This review suggests a book that reminds me of Robin Hanson and Tyler Cowen.
our brains didn’t evolve in a way that allowed us to thoroughly evaluate how well our beliefs represent reality.
…Marcus does supply us with a whole host of ways to trains our brains to act more rationally. My personal favorite is his first, “Whenever possible, consider alternative hypotheses.” He recommends forcing yourself to come up with a list of alternatives even if you are absolutely certain… Or “Always weigh benefits against costs.”
Sounds easy but as Marcus notes, few of us rarely consider what else we could be doing that’s of more value (spending time with your partner or family, calling up an old friend, writing a thank-you note) than watching a “CSI” marathon on TV.