Show Notes forBrain Science Podcast #19: Gut Feelings
This episode is a discussion of Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious (2007), by Gerd Gigerenzer.
Dr. Gigerenzer argues that unconscious decision-making or intuition is actually based on the use of heuristics(rules of thumb) that can be explored, and even brought into awareness. In this episode, I discuss his basic arguments with an emphasis on the differences between intuitive reasoning and formal logic. Then we explore some examples including the application of these ideas to more controversial areas like morality and social instincts.
How to get this episode:
- Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious (2007), by Gerd Gigerenzer.
- Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), by Malcolm Gladwell.
- See also Brain Science Podcast #13: Unconscious Decision Making.