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After that, time to philosophise... We've been thinking over the last few weeks about the best ways to govern a country (topical!), and it's safe to say that we all accept Plato's point that democracy's a less-than-perfect system: people don't always think straight when choosing their leaders.
But can we do anything to help this situation? We listened to Ken Taylor, who thinks we can:
Now, there are some complicated ideas in here (it's a TED talk, after all!), but the main thing that Ken Taylor is saying is that:
- yes, humans make mistakes
- modern science (psychology) helps us to understand these mistakes ('cognitive biases')
- if we understand them, we are less likely to let them affect our thinking
- we all need to become better philosophers (or psychologists, which boils down to the same thing for him - it's all about gaining and using wisdom).
Next week, we'll have a fun look at some of the unexpected and biased ways your brain makes decisions.