Saturday, November 9, 2013

Cognitive flaws............................

Tyler Cowen, in his book Average Is Over:  Powering America Beyond The Age Of The Great Stagnation, spends a interesting chapter thinking and writing about the intuitive algorithms behind computer dating and about how top-flight chess has become more computer-like.  "Machines have no fear of the unfamiliar."  He comes to some conclusions about our decision making processes:

1.  Human strengths and weaknesses are surprisingly regular and predictable.
2.  Be skeptical of the elegant and intuitive theory.
3.  It's harder to get outside your own head than you think.
4.  Revel in messiness.
5.  We can learn.

I'm good with #4.

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