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Richard Posner on judges as “cognitive misers”

Thinking is costly to the thinker in the sense of being difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating. People economize on thinking by using shortcuts, deferring to expert opinion (even if that requires an arbitrary choice between competing experts), or changing the subject– in the case of judges, substituting a legalistic approach that they understand for a […]

Yes, judges apparently are influenced by the state of their digestion

I’m reading Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow, which so far is a very remarkable book.  It has one of the most over-the-top blurbs I’ve ever seen, from Nassim Nicholas Tauleb (The Black Swan):  “This is a landmark book in social thought, in the same league as Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations and Signmund […]