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.
This post is a review of a New Yorker article by Elizabeth Kolbert titled Why Facts Don’t Change our Minds published on February 27, 2017. This article is, among other things a review of the book The Enigma of Reason by the cognitive scientists Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber. I have discussed the work of Mercer and…… Continue reading Why facts don’t change our minds
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
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
The article below is a summary of Antonio Damasio’s book, “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain.” This post is still in very rough shape, to say the least. It is basically just a set of notes that I took on the book when I read it. You might be able to get something out of these notes…… Continue reading “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain”, by Antonio Damasio
This book discussed below is a series of articles on the subject of thinking by a number of well known writers and scientists. It was published in 2013. Article One: Daniel Dennett: “The normal well-tempered mind.” In this essay, Dennett is writing about where the science and philosophy of thinking is at the present moment,…… Continue reading “Thinking: The new science of decision making,” Edited by John Brockman