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Part One: Introduction > Why It’s Hard to Be Rational

Chapter Three. Why It’s Hard to Be Rational

You’ll never have all the information you need to make a decision. If you did, it would be a foregone conclusion, not a decision.

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Did you cancel any air-travel plans following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks? Did you avoid going into skyscrapers or attending events where masses of people might be? If you did, you were probably afraid of becoming a terror victim. But was fear of terrorism immediately following 9/11 a rational response? The answer is probably no,[1] but, as you’ll see in this chapter, it’s hard to be rational.


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