Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Daniel Hannan - The Lawyer's Cognitive Dissonance

Daniel Hannan explains here why we as humans, and thus lawyers, are instinctively skeptical of anything new:
"The phenomenon of cognitive dissonance... When presented with a new discovery, we automatically try to press it into our existing belief-system; if it doesn’t fit, we question the discovery before the belief-system. Sometimes, this habit leads us into error. But without it, we should hardly survive at all. As Edmund Burke argued, life would become impossible if we tried to think through every new situation from first principles, disregarding both our own experience and the accumulated wisdom of our people."

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