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  •  Additionally, if we had to consciously (2+ / 0-)
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    attend to everything we were doing, we'd never get anything done. Attention is a scarce resource in the brain's economy (it's no accident that we speak of "paying" attention). Continuing your analogy, once we're up and we start getting dressed, we don't consciously think about how the underwear goes between the legs rather than over the head, nor do we work out from first principles why the socks go under rather than over the shoes.

    We actually spend most of our time on autopilot, using what Kahneman et.al. call "fast process" thinking. Only a little of our decision-making involves "slow process" thinking where we really think everything through. This often cause serious reasoning errors when we're trying to deal with non-routine matters, time spans much longer or shorter than we're used to dealing with, etc. because they don't fit the assumptions of fast-process thinking. But there's no way we could use exclusively slow-process thinking, because it's just too slow.

    Writing in all lower-case letters should be a capital offense

    by ebohlman on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 07:03:00 PM PDT

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