Judgment Misguided: Intuition and Error in Public Decision Making

Hardcover | April 1, 1998

byJonathan Baron

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People often follow intuitive principles of decision making, ranging from group loyalty to the belief that nature is benign. But instead of using these principles as rules of thumb, we often treat them as absolutes and ignore the consequences of following them blindly. In Judgment Misguided, Jonathan Baron explores our well-meant and deeply felt personal intuitions about what is right and wrong, and how they affect the public domain. Baron argues that when these intuitions are valued in their own right, rather than as a means to another end, they often prevent usfrom achieving the results we want. Focusing on cases where our intuitive principles take over public decision making, the book examines some of our most common intuitions and the ways they can be misused. According to Baron, we can avoid these problems by paying more attention to the effects of ourdecisions. Written in a accessible style, the book is filled with compelling case studies, such as abortion, nuclear power, immigration, and the decline of the Atlantic fishery, among others, which illustrate a range of intuitions and how they impede the public's best interests. Judgment Misguidedwill be important reading for those involved in public decision making, and researchers and students in psychology and the social sciences, as well as everyone looking for insight into the decisions that affect us all.

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People often follow intuitive principles of decision making, ranging from group loyalty to the belief that nature is benign. But instead of using these principles as rules of thumb, we often treat them as absolutes and ignore the consequences of following them blindly. In Judgment Misguided, Jonathan Baron explores our well-meant and ...

Jonathan Baron is at University of Pennsylvania.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 1.1 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195111087

ISBN - 13:9780195111088

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. All the Fish in the Sea3. Benefits and Burdens4. Nationalism and Group Loyalty5. My-side Bias and Violent Conflict6. Do No Harm7. Risk8. Too Many People9. Naturalism and the Sanctity of Life10. What Is to Be Done?

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"This is a bold and important book. . . . a must read for policymakers. Psychologists who fret that their field has had too few public policy implications have only to read this book. Nobody does this meshing of empirical psychology, philosophy, and social policy better than JonathanBaron."--Keith E. Stanovich, Professor of Human Development and Applied Psychology, University of Toronto