The Deluded Minds Summary

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After reading Cordelia Fine’s book, “A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives,” surprisingly Fine’s concepts relate to our course themes: elements of logic, critical thinking, and argumentation as the fundamental components of assessing and estimating threats and opportunities in the national security environment. Fine argues, "Your brain is vainglorious. It 's emotional and immoral. It deludes you. It is pigheaded, secretive, and weak-willed. Oh, and it 's also a bigot.” Drawing on a wide range of studies in cognitive psychology, her book explores traits of the brain broken down into eight comprehensible chapters; "The Vain Brain," "The Emotional Brain," "The Immoral Brain," "The Deluded Brain," "The Pigheaded
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Although, Pherson believes if you focus on the problem and analyze the data effectively you’ll eventually solve the problem. On the other hand, Fine argues that there are too many outside distractions that could throw your brain’s critical thinking process off and mentions, “Your brain has a tendency to see the correlations that it expects to see, but which aren’t actually there.” One would have to gain a new perspective on what Fine insists that our brains interpret on its own, analyzes questions on its own, distracts you from solving problems, and dictates how we interact daily with others. How can you critically analyze a problem effectively if your brain doesn’t allow you to…show more content…
Groupthink and an individual’s ability to “think outside of the box” are two great tools we will discuss. In Session 2 we read, Susan Cain’s, “The Rise of the New Groupthink.” Cain mentioned, “…decades of research show that individuals almost always perform better than groups in both quality and quantity, and group performance gets worse as group size increases.”
In fact, Fine says, “The brain evades, twists, discounts, misinterprets, even makes up evidence all so that we can retain that satisfying sense of being in the right.” So, Cain believes that we should stop depending so much on Groupthink and allow individuals to make decisions independently.
In support of Cain’s belief, if Fine believes that the brain can easily support a pigheaded or egotistical individual then that one person could potentially damage a groupthink session especially if the end goal is as important as say, “ending world hunger.” Do you think it’s better to depend on one intelligence analyst’s prediction versus a Groupthink

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