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Stephen Downes

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It seems to me implausible that we cannot improve our intuition through learning. This despite Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Laureate and a founder of the field and, saying "You can't improve intuition." And this despite studies over the last few decades seeming to confirm Kahneman's statement. In my own work in critical thinking I found and helped students correct incorrect intuitions on a regular bases (for example: a tendency to deny the antecedent, or to assign higher probability to less probably events). Anyhow, according to this research, "a recent experiment suggests that it may be possible for training to improve decision making in the field." The test has participants recreate a situation to the Challenger shuttle disaster, an accident that resulted from poor decisions often attributed to cognitive bias. Via Frederik Graver.

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