Jan 28, 2023Liked by James Taylor Foreman

This is a great piece! It makes me think of Kahneman’s theory of System 1 vs. System 2. We can’t afford to spend all our resources truly noticing everything. But we can dip into that mode in moments of mindfulness, and during “cognitive minefields.”

Also consciousness is sort of like a process of abstraction- obscuring the irrelevant details and retaining only the vital. Myths do the same thing. As do words/labels.

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Yes! Love that.

Kahneman's mistake, as far as I can tell, is that he thought system 1 was totally unreliable because you could "trick" it in various experimental settings.

That's like seeing an optical illusion and concluding you can never trust your eyes again.

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