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The ‘All-Purpose Wise Man’ Cognitive Illusion

I just read a review, written by the renowned physicist Freeman Dyson, of Daniel Kahneman’s book Thinking, Fast and Slow. Titled “How to Dispel Your Illusions,” it appeared in The New York Review of Books several months ago. (I’d been out of the country since December and it’s taking me a while to catch up.) Dyson is one of the NYRB’s regular go-to guys about all things scientific, and although I don’t always agree with what he has to say (in particular, he’s a dyed-in-the-wool technophile…