4. Shortcuts Versus Analysis—Ignoring Is Decisional Bliss
Heuristics and cognitive biases affect people’s choices.
In his book, Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, Gerd Gigerenzer, who is the director of Berlin’s Max Planck Institute for Human Development, writes about how ignoring information has been a highly efficient and quick decision-making strategy for humans, be it conscious or non-conscious. It seems as if the human brain is as much an efficient “ignoring machine” as it is a noticing one. What the brain does is less about deciding where to allocate our attention, but instead is more about working out what won’t be ignored.
Let me give you a personal example showing how the brain can help by ignoring information. I am an ...