Flimsy Sanity: Why Hawks Win

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Why Hawks Win

Why Hawks Win
By Daniel Kahneman, Jonathan Renshon
Why are hawks so influential? The answer may lie deep in the human mind. People have dozens of decision-making biases, and almost all favor conflict rather than concession. A look at why the tough guys win more than they should.
Interesting article found via Metafilter


  • At 7:40 PM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    It's an interesting article, followed by an enthusiastic debate, but are they really revealing anything new? To me, at least, the apparently aggressive stance of Iran towards the West is only a response to previous dominance, sanctions, indirect-warfare by supporting Saddam in the Iraq/Iran War, and finally the labeling as a member of the "Axis of Evil". One can say similar about a number of Middle Eastern countries. The whole al Qaeda situation is only a response to first European, then U.S. aggressive policies towards the region. Repairing fences, not continually knocking them down, is the only solution. John Wayne died a long time ago - thank God!

    An interesting read. Thanks for the link.


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