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C of I Insights discusses mental biases

In today's episode of College of Idaho Insights, faculty discuss the thinking errors that lead people - including many intelligent people - to make mistakes and the issues surrounding how reason and emotion impact the decision-making of individuals.

The roundtable features College of Idaho professors Kerry Hunter (political economy), Jasper LiCalzi (political economy) and Greg McElwain (philosphy and religion), who discuss some of the arguments made by Jonah Lehrer in his article "Why Smart People Are Stupid" in the June 12, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. Read the article online here.

College of Idaho Insights is a roundtable featuring professors discussing a wide range of issues of public interest. Watch previous episodes on the College's YouTube channel.

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