An (Incredible) Interview with Daniel Kahneman
On the innate weakness of human thought, deceptive memories and the misleading power of intuition
A fertile field for cultural comparisons as well as examining the validity of our own culturally-based intuitions and expertise:
Debunking the Myth of Intuition
An Interview with Daniel Kahneman
05/25/2012 — Can doctors and investment advisers be trusted? And do we live more for experiences or memories? In a SPIEGEL interview, Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman discusses the innate weakness of human thought, deceptive memories and the misleading power of intuition.
SPIEGEL: Professor Kahneman, you’ve spent your entire professional life studying the snares in which human thought can become entrapped. For example, in your book, you describe how easy it is to increase a person’s willingness to contribute money to the coffee fund.
Kahneman: You just have to make sure that the right picture is hanging above the cash box. If a pair of eyes is looking back at them from the wall, people will contribute twice as much as they do when the picture shows flowers. People who feel observed behave more morally. (more…)