Judgment. How emergency decision-making works; Judging those decisions with justice, fairness, and reason. Compassion, empathy, grace, understanding, open-mindedness, and the willingness & imagination to entertain other perspectives definitely helps… but we systematically analyze the unconscious processes that account for fast, intuitive decisions with science and real-life examples.
Primarily a diegetic analysis, we use seven questions as our framework:
- Why didn’t Martha let Hank out?
- Why did they go for the overpass?
- Why go back for Hank?
- Why didn’t Jonathan send Clark?
- Why didn’t Clark act?
- Why did Jonathan hold up his hand?
- Why did Clark abide by that?
Answers, insights, and commentary on:
- The wisdom of knowing that you don’t know and uncertainty
- The Dunning-Kruger Effect and the Impostor Effect
- Cognitive biases like hindsight bias, anchoring effect, priming, risk aversion, etc.
- Deliberate and elemental analysis for fair judgments
- Reasonable Person Standard with the same knowledge, experience, and circumstances
- Why don’t we use a perfect person or optimal behavior standard?
- The Emergency Doctrine
- The Myth of Overpass Safety in 1997
- Neuroscience behind why we love our dogs
- The tragic tale of Tubby and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge
- Flaws with incomplete utilitarian analysis
- Hesitation with moral dilemmas regardless of the math
- Clark as an unemancipated 17-year-old minor
Science & Psychology of Fast Intuitive Decision-Making, Cognitive Bias:
Thinking, Fast and Slow | Daniel Kahneman
How You Really Make Decisions | BBC Horizon
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking | Malcolm Gladwell
Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics | Richard Thaler
Can You Solve This? 2, 4, 8 | Veritasium
The Dunning Kruger Effect | Wikipedia
Killing Babies, Saving The World | RadioLab
Cognition: How Your Mind Can Amaze & Betray You | Crash Course
Highway Overpasses as Tornado Shelters | National Weather Service
Oklahoma’s Deadliest Tornadoes | PBS Nova
The Power of Myth | Joseph Campbell
Galloping Gertie | 99% Invisible
Cognitive Bias Song | Brad Wray