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The decline of critical thinking

In Psyche, Janet Geipel and Boaz Keysar describe research that concluded that people are more prone to think intuitively when they listen to a problem, and more prone to think analytically when they read about a problem.

In my area of work, one of the major changes of recent years has been that group discussions of complex issues that would once have happened by email have now become meetings on Microsoft Teams. I’m often found complaining about the time inefficiency of this, and some of my colleagues complain about the relative lack of engagement and high probability of distraction.

But I hadn’t previously considered that the decisions taken might also be less analytical, which could be problematic in some circumstances. It’s one to ponder.

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