The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 January 2007

At least one snap up

I am a firm (not to the extent of washboard abs, but work with me here) believer in the concept of Trust Your Gut: there's no reason to assume that your second or third impression is necessarily going to be any better than your first. Not everyone agrees with this premise — the last time I brought it up, the voice of John Cusack (in this) was echoed back to me:

Well, I've been listening to my gut since I was 14 years old, and frankly speaking, I've come to the conclusion that my guts have **** for brains.

But then there's this:

Trusting your instincts may help you to make better decisions than thinking hard, a study suggests.

University College London found making subconscious snap decisions is more reliable in certain situations than using rational thought processes.

Now this says, very distinctly, "certain situations": it doesn't say "always." But given my particular propensities — given enough time, I can talk myself out of anything that has the slightest possibility of being beneficial — I think my position, if not exactly vindicated, is certainly (somewhat) justified.

(Via Ravings of a Feral Genius.)

Posted at 1:17 PM to General Disinterest

If snap decisions didn't work "in certain situations," deep thinkers would outnumber snap-deciders in the general population. We'd be a race of John Kerrys.

Posted by: McGehee at 3:11 PM on 10 January 2007

"We'd be a race of John Kerrys."

Night of the John Kerrys. Now THAT is scary.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 6:22 PM on 10 January 2007