Daniel Kahneman’s Chicago Council on Global Affairs Talk

Delivered on 05/02. The chief theme he charted involved his conclusions for why warhawk politicians have historically won more debates than peace doves in courts of public opinion.


1) (Paraphrased) On the contrasts between George W. Bush’s “man of action” leadership style and Barack Obama’s “deliberately analytical” approach:

“We like a leader who rewards his friends and punishes his enemies.”

2) (Again paraphrased) On whether being aware of biases can help you make better decisions:

“Buying my book will not make you smarter … awareness of biases does not change the decisions you make.”

3) Optimism wins hearts and minds, even when deluded.

Bummer on the second point. Nonetheless, I still bought his book out of delusional optimism.

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