Can we learn how to deal with uncertainty, as Gerd Gigerenzer argues in my 1/11/06 post? Or does Andy Clark have it right: we are designed to avoid--not accommodate--uncertainty.
"It now seems clear that many of my major life and work decisions are made very rapidly, often on the basis of ecologically sound but superficial cues, with slow deliberative reason busily engaged in justifying what the quick-thinking zombies inside me have already laid on the table. The good news is that without these mechanisms we'd be unable to engage in fluid daily life or reason at all, and that very often they are right. The dangerous truth, though, is that we are indeed designed to cut conscious, aware choice out of the picture wherever possible."
What is your dangerous idea? One of mine is that the end of the first "Men in Black" movie was indeed factual. (Zooming back from Earth into distant space...)
--Excerpt from Andy Clark's response to the 2006 Edge question — "What is your dangerous idea?"
Photo of David Byrne, 1983.