Discussion 5: Balancing Emotion and Reason

The questions we asked in Business-as-Usual Part 5 were the following:

  1. What is the “proper balance” between non-rational and rational drivers of decisions? .
  2. How do we attain that balance within our own decision-making processes?
  3. How do we attain that balance at the group or even national level?

Those questions, and indeed, that video, were made before the presidential election in the United States.  Since that time, much more attention has been focused on several related questions, such as:

  1. Why do some people make decisions that are counter to their own interests?
  2. How can we help people sort out true facts from "fake facts" and propaganda?
  3. How do we persuade people in what is being called the "post-fact" era that facts really do matter?  Or don't they?

Feel free to weigh in on any of these questions, though if possible, indicate which one you are answering.  (We are keeping them all together, however, because there is considerable overlap in content.)


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