Fundamental Attribution Error: Yanis Varoufakis explains the context in which he acted to an accuser

Yes, I’m talking about Yanis again. Mentioning him in a post from a few days ago caused me to find a few Youtube clips of him speaking, one of which is his address to the Oxford Union on November 30, 2015.

Between 42 minutes 15 seconds and 48 minutes 50 seconds, we are given a live example of the Fundamental Attribution Error: a questioner puts to Yanis that his failure to win over the council of European finance ministers to his point of view can be attributed to his abrasive and professorial personality, while Yanis responds by explaining the context in which he operated as a determining factor in the outcomes.

Yanis makes a few good points, earlier on and in response to the previous question, about the need to embrace contradictions and the need not to be impressed by authority, but rather to question it.


About Stebbing Heuer

A person interested in exploring human perception, reasoning, judgement and deciding, and in promoting clear, effective thinking and the making of good decisions.
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