Saturday June 6, 2020

John Looby: The delusion of Trump and Farage is echoed in our industrial unrest

Public sector grievance renders reason increasingly powerless in the face of emotion

16th November, 2016
Farage and Trump in Mississippi Pic: Getty

Daniel Kahneman, the world renowned psychologist and Nobel Prize winner in economics has spent a lifetime grappling with irrationality. Among many interesting observations in a recent interview, Kahneman offered the troubling insight that when making decisions many people persistently behave as if ‘evidence is not all that compelling’. While they may consider evidence before making a decision, they are rarely swayed by it. Indeed, despite being aware of compelling evidence in favour of a given...

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