Angela is the Editor for Safeguard magazine. In previous lives she spent 10 years with the Northern Advocate and then another ten with the NZ Herald.

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  1. Alan LIddell
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    Gladwell acknowledged that fast thinking was effective thinking in some circumstances and noted that it was often the only way an untrained human being could react in an emergency. He did not say that fast thinking was always effective as is implied by your introductory comments. From the article there is nothing that Gladwell did not acknowledge in his book and he indeed gave examples of fast thinking being ineffective such as that of poorly trained police shooting an unarmed, fearful, non English-speaking immigrant, sitting peacefully on his doorstep, in a dangerous neighbourhood, when a second’s thought would have prevented a tragedy. There were other examples.

  2. Andrew McGregor and Dr Barry Hughes
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    Nothing we said was intended to convey the idea that Gladwell denied the existence or utility of deeply deliberate, rational thinking. What Gladwell did was give intuition a name, some defining characteristics, some empirical support, and some sense of its widespread utility. Of course, he could only do this by comparison to the more conscious idea of reasoning that people assume they are doing and which they can do. Within strict limits, emphasising that there are two modes was our goal.

  3. Phil Sexton
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    Very interesting article and source of further reading opportunities. As with many aspects of psychology, cognitive bias can provide valuable insight into why humans behave as they do and why things often go wrong. From an H&S perspective this understanding enables us to design more effective measures to combat the most common cause of accidents, human error in whatever form. It’s somewhat ironic to see posted responses to articles displaying ‘confirmation bias’ in criticising an error the responder wanted to read in the article.

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