Author: James Deane, December 13 2017 - Sometimes you read a book which - just short of literally - blows your mind. The Enigma of Reason: a new theory of understanding by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber did that to mine. If their conclusions are right, the implications for human development – and the role of communication and media within it - are profound.
I’ve long puzzled why development d hasn’t focused more on the human mind. We have development research institutes and think tanks on all forms of public policy - governance, science, economics and so on - but little on working out why humans think and act in the way that they do and how those things have affected how they have developed over millennia.