Kahneman et al:-

This is part of my bibliography, intended to be accessed via the menu system of my blog – where it might make more sense. Otherwise, try searching on Kahneman.

It documents some rather odd beliefs on the part of academic psychologists, such as that uncertainty is ‘nothing but’ a number, and that the axioms of mathematical decision theory are ‘axioms’ in the sense of unquestionable truths, rather than in the more mathematical sense of being the things that characterise the theory and which ought to be questioned before the theory is applied.

An exception is Gigerenzer:

“The error my dear colleagues make,” Gigerenzer says, is that they begin from the assumption that various “rational” approaches to decision-making must be the most effective ones. Then, when they discover that is not how people operate, they define that as making a mistake: “When they find that we judge differently, they blame us, instead of their models!”

See also

rationality and uncertainty, e.g.:

Dave Marsay

One Response to Kahneman et al:-

  1. Dave Marsay says:

    On reflection, maybe the best advice is to bear the following in mind when reading Kahneman:

    “[Kahneman had] no choice but to accept that the major conclusions of these studies are true. More important, you must accept that they are true about [Kahneman].!” (Adapted from Thinking Fast and Slow.)

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