Sunday, July 26, 2020

Post #3 (Ways of Thinking)

As a biochemistry major, I use slow thinking almost all the time. Slow thinking is “reasonable reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do” (Robert Ennis). However, I fall victim to fast thinking sometimes since slow thinking is not the natural state of affairs. Fast thinking relies on cognitive heuristics, rules of thumb, presuppositions, biases, assumptions, and intuitive flaws. For instance, I use fast thinking when I see something I want to buy. I feel as if I truly need that item and end up buying it. After buying the item, I start to wonder why I bought the item in the first place. If I use slow thinking, I would be able to weigh out the pros and cons of the items to determine if it was essential to me. Many people fall victim to fast thinking since it’s the natural state of affairs.

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