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.

Highlights:

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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