Cognitive Science · Crime · Human Rationality · Human Thinking

Remembering the murder you didn’t commit.

This post is a review of an article in the latest New Yorker Magazine titled “Remembering the Murder You Didn’t Commit.  Here is a link that article.   It is by Rachel Aviv and is in the June 19, 2017 issue of the New Yorker.  The subtitle of the article  is, “DNA evidence exonerated six…… Continue reading Remembering the murder you didn’t commit.

Cognitive Science · Economics · Human Rationality

Books about human rationality.

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of new and surprising reappraisals of human rationality. Here is a bibliography of a few of these books and essays.   Bibliography: the new understanding of human rationality: The Enigma of Reason.  A book by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber published in April of 2017.  Go to Book The Argumentative…… Continue reading Books about human rationality.

Anthropology · Cognitive Science · Evolutionary Psychology

The Secret of our Success

  This post is about the recent book The Secret of our Success: How Culture is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating our Species and Making Us Smarter, by Joseph Henrich, Princeton Press, 2016.  For me this is an extremely important book since I think that what Henrich is doing is right at the cutting edge of contemporary anthropology…… Continue reading The Secret of our Success

Cognitive Science · Consciousness · The Human Mind and Brain

The Challenge of Consciousness

This post is about an article in the New York Review of books called The Challenge of Consciousness.  The article is a dialogue between Tim Parks and Riccardo Manzotti.  This article is actually just the first in a series of eight articles in which Parks and Manzotti discuss the elusive nature of human consciousness. Here…… Continue reading The Challenge of Consciousness

Cognitive Science · Evolutionary Psychology · Psychology

The Psychologists Take Power

This is a about an article by Tamsin Shaw that appeared in the February 25, 2016 issue of The New York Review of Books.  The title of the article is The Psychologists Take Power. The article is about the rash of important books by the new psychologists, the so-called Evolutionary Psychologists or behavioral biologists or several…… Continue reading The Psychologists Take Power

Cognitive Science · Human Thinking · The Human Mind and Brain

“Super-forecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction” by Philip Tetlock

Tetlock says he is an skeptical optimist:  He says chaos theory makes him a pessimist.  But still, some things are predictable.  We all use mundane predictability all the time.  For example traffic is bound to be bad at rush hour.   Some people are much better at forecasting than others.  It is not what they…… Continue reading “Super-forecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction” by Philip Tetlock

Cognitive Science · Human Rationality · Human Thinking

“Thinking, Fast and Slow,” by Danial Kahneman

The following article is about the book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Danial Kahneman.  In my opinion this book is one of the most important books of the last 50 years.  Kahneman has been thinking about and refining the ideas in this book since the 1970’s.  This basic ideas of this book have been recapitulated in Michel…… Continue reading “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” by Danial Kahneman