What We Can Learn

  • Oldrich BubakEmail author
  • Henry Jacek


There have been recurring doubts about the capacity of most people—assumed to be limited by their knowledge, interest, or cognitive capacity—to make good decisions. What We Can Learn begins with a look at select research in the formation of public opinion, revealing the variety of factors behind how people come to their views. It next explores a number of cognitive and behavioral limits affecting the way we perceive and approach issues, and in turn how most make choices. It is argued that decisive in the age of complexity becomes how we think, as this determines how we view and approach problems, seek and evaluate information, and speak to each other. And research indicates it is possible to overcome the limits and do better.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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