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The Difference Between Rationality and Intelligence

It all started in the early 1970s, when the psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky conducted an influential series of experiments showing that all of us, even highly intelligent people, are prone to irrationality. 


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In one study, Professors Kahneman and Tversky had people read the following personality sketch for a woman named Linda: “Linda is 31 years old, single, outspoken and very bright. She majored in philosophy. As a student, she was deeply concerned with issues of discrimination and social justice, and also participated in antinuclear demonstrations.” Then they asked the subjects which was more probable: (A) Linda is a bank teller or (B) Linda is a bank teller and is active in the feminist movement. Eighty-five percent of the subjects chose B, even though logically speaking, A is more probable. (All feminist bank tellers are bank tellers, though some bank tellers may not be feminists.)

There's such a thing as too intelligent, where we outsmart ourselves.

But also, not everyone is good at logic and rational thinking. 

Factoring in the amount of time allowed to answer each question is vital in determining IQ and RQ. 

I do find that if I answer too quickly I make silly logic mistakes. 

Gotta remind myself to be more thoughtful. 

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