System 1 generates a cohesive story on the fly

August 22, 2012

The measure of success for System 1 is the coherence of the story it manages ~to create. The amount and quality of the data on which the story is based are largely irrelevant. When information is scarce, which is acommon occurrence, System 1 operates as a machine for jumping to conclusions.

The combination of a coherence-seeking System 1 with a lazy System 2 implies that System 2 will endorse many intuitive beliefs, which closely reflect the impressions generated by System 1.

Kahneman 2012, p.85-6

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