Is Statistical Reasoning Just Too Novel For Contemporary Humans?
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.