Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Heart or Head

Psychologists sometimes refer to two ways of thinking, System 1 and System 2. They are more commonly described as Heart and Head or gut feeling and thinking.
Evolutionary psychologists believe that our instant thoughts or gut reaction are important to quickly recognise threats and are hard wired into our brains. Numerous experiments show how much of what we think is actually a basic reaction. For example, most people have an instant wariness of snakes and spiders and who amongst us would want to eat faeces shaped chocolate fudge?
It takes a bit more time and effort to employ rational thought and to overcome our first reactions. That is why Interactive Democracy should allow sufficient time for each debate and why votes could be registered and then changed at a later date.

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