Cognitive biases affect our destiny
Exploring an idea:
Our inability to overcome cognitive biases is a severely limiting factor for enlightenment and global decision making; and it might also be a reason why democracy might be failing.
Especially the last decades psychologists identified a whole range of cognitive illusions and how they impact our behavior.
We can only try and overcome them by being very concentrated and identifying them. But on an intuitive level we still 'feel' as if they are right.
Humans discovered very good methods to avoid making these mistakes in order to improve our understanding of reality: The scientific method ( measuring/observing reality, testing/ experiment, inductive reasoning and estimating the truth-value of theories)
If decision making were based on reason and in function of what humans and humanity would prefer, we should take into account that on a collective level we need to take decisions that are unaffected by our biases.
This implies that decisions will not be supported or even understood by most of the individuals of the population, as they are struggling to overcome (or don't even struggle at all) their false beliefs.
A democracy lacks the level of enlightenment to overcome bad laws and structures.
Dare we admit our own limitations as an individual and as a group so we can start to accept the decisions that need to be made, but we might from time to time intuitively oppose because we are too limited to see/understand the benefit? (or should we impose it???)
It's placing trust in something that you can only trust if you have reached a moment of clarity or a moment of deep understanding of our cognitive biases and an acceptance of our limits.
It's placing trust in the methodology that will be set out in order to improve global and local decision making, knowing that you can understand and improve on it if you really want to, be it even partially.