Trust Your Instincts

Such silly advice! Why should "instincts" be better than thoughtful, systematic collection and analysis of data? Yet people are constantly told "trust your instincts" when running through potentially-dangerous areas, evaluating strangers, etc. Maybe it's because one can never be proved wrong or held liable for recommending "trust your instincts"? Or maybe it's an implicit endorsement of prejudice?

^z - 2010-02-04