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7. Reasoning: Hacks 70–74

Chapter 7. Reasoning: Hacks 70–74

We consider ourselves pretty rational animals, and we can indeed be pretty logical when we put our minds to it. But you only have to scratch the surface to find out how easily we’re misled by numbers [Use Numbers Carefully], and it’s well-known that statistics are really hard to understand [Think About Frequencies Rather than Probabilities]. So how good are we at being rational? It depends: our logic skills aren’t too hot, for instance, until we need to catch people who might be cheating on us [Detect Cheaters] instead of just logically solving sums. And that’s the point. We have a very pragmatic kind of rationality, solving complex problems as long as they’re real-life situations.


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