May 4, 2016

OUR TRANSGENDER NOMINEES:

Clinton's Thinking Vs. Trump's Feelings (Cass R. Sunstein, 5/04/16, Bloomberg View)

Donald Trump is an iconic System 1 candidate -- more clearly so than any party nominee in at least sixty years. Hillary Clinton is an iconic System 2 candidate -- as clearly so as any party nominee in the same period. That distinction may well end up defining the general election.

Let me explain. Psychologists, and most prominently Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, have distinguished between two ways of thinking -- fast and slow. Fast thinking is associated with the brain's System 1: It is intuitive, quick, and sometimes emotional. When you think that two plus two equals four, and when you immediately recognize a warm, smiling face, you are using System 1.

System 2 is deliberative and reflective. When you multiple 346 times 213, or struggle to fill out your tax forms, you are relying on System 2. If you are engaging in some kind of complex cost-benefit analysis, System 2 will be working hard.

What makes this fascinating that Democrats are typically the party of emotion, and therefore women, while the GOP is generally the party of thought, therefore of men.  But Democrats have nominated the masculine candidate and Republicans the feminine.  Of course, Republicans being more thoughtful will have an easier time voting for Hillary, whereas Democrats emotionalism will keep them tied to Hill.

Posted by at May 4, 2016 3:25 PM

  

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