Can you see past a false intuition?
I love the example that came with this note on intuitions because it rings so true.
Konnikova tries to get over her bias in favor of an Oxford debater simply due to educational pedigree.
She points to the ways we perceive each other that are sometimes unconscious.
Quick answer. There are two attorneys who are the same price, same specialty. One went to Harvard the other a state college.
Who do you want to hire?
It’s like the old joke about an English truck driver sounding smarter than an Alabama brain surgeon.
Even more interesting: How can you use people’s unconscious biases and false intuition to your advantage?
Our intuitions are powerful even when entirely inaccurate. And so it is essential to ask, when in the grip of a profound intuition (this is a wonderful person; a beautiful house; a worthy endeavor; a gifted debater): on what is my intuition based? And can I really trust it—or is it just the result of the tricks of my mind?
-Maria Konnikova, Mastermind