Posted: Jun 29, 2018 11:48 pm
by Thommo
Asking how far emotions are detached from reasoning is like asking how deeply people consider their financial decisions. It depends on the person, the circumstances and the decision in question.

One (additional) fundamental problem is conceptualising the human mind as divided into complementary categories of emotional and reasoning in the first place. When it comes to explaining a phenomenon like loss aversion the very categorisation fails altogether. The emotional/reasonable divide is a useful model within its limitations, but fundamentally flawed.

And my inner Star Trek nerd feels compelled to say that Spock was only as logical as the script demanded in that moment, which was often about as much as how egalitarian the script demanded the women's mini skirts be.

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