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

John Looby: The delusion of Trump and Farage is echoed in our industrial unrest
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Public sector grievance renders reason increasingly powerless in the face of emotion

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 argument, they regularly make the remarkable decision to overrule or ignore it, and boldly tread a very different path.

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