Is Statistical Reasoning Just Too Novel For Contemporary Humans?
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January 11, 2013, 10:13 PM
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In a post below, I quote a bit from David Brooks of what is considered sophisticated modern thought. As an example of "serious discrimination" and "racism," he reports:

Both blacks and whites subtly try to get a white partner when asked to team up to do an intellectually difficult task. ... Clearly, we should spend more effort rigging situations to reduce universal, unconscious racism.

It`s possible that Brooks is being satirical here, although there`s no evidence that his commenters notice the absurdity. 

In general, I suspect that our moral reasoning methods just haven`t caught up to the vast advances in statistical reasoning over the last couple of centuries.