People believe that slow and deliberative thinking is inherently superior to fast and intuitive thinking. The truth is more complicated, writes Gordon Pennycook in Big Think.
- It is true that the unique human ability to reason is what allows for science, technology, and advanced problem-solving.
- But there are limitations to reason. Highly deliberative people tend to be less empathetic, are often perceived as less trustworthy and authentic, and can undermine their own influence.
- Ultimately, the supposed battle between head and heart is overblown. Instead, we require a synthesis of both to make good decisions and live happy lives.