How do people think? How should they think? Philosophers have been asking these questions for thousands of years and, in recent centuries, psychologists joined the discussion. Many of these thinkers argue that people should think logically and have documented flaws in human reasoning. Cognitive scientists Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber take an original position that regards human reasoning – with all its flaws – in a new light.
About the Authors
Hugo Mercier, PhD, is a cognitive scientist at Paris’s Jean Nicod Institute. Dan Sperber is a social and cognitive scientist.
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3 years agoThe entire social media sphere is a classic practical testing ground for ‘Enigma of Reason’. Testing many comments of a social issue tend to demonstrate ‘Group Thinking’ or ‘Wanting to be part of the majority’ to avoid social exclusion. Media of all kinds use this defect of the humans to give belief to falsified stories.