Act before you think you think you think

June 28th, 2008

The WSJ has an article, Get Out of Your Own Way, on research suggesting that people have often form intentions to act and make decisions well before they are conscious of the fact. Maybe this is like detecting the inferences made by the OWL reasoner or classification of a low-level SVM model before the high-level Python code processes its results. This picture from the article sums it up nicely.

As usual, you’re always the last to know. At least this opens up new interpretations for the old excuse, “Hey, I was out of the loop!”.