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A Comment on Information Overload, Cognitive Illusions, and Their Implications for Public Policy, 59 Southern California Law Review 313 (1986)


The papers by Grether, Schwartz, and Wilde (GSW) and by Edwards
and von Winterfeldt (EW) provide us with excellent syntheses of
fascinating literatures that are of importance to anyone interested in
human behavior. I learned a great deal from these papers and find myself
persuaded by GSW's contention that information overload is not a
serious issue for consumer law and by EW's conclusion that cognitive
processes are, in fundamental ways, learned intellectual skills. However,
viewing the most useful role of a commentator to be that of an irritating
troublemaker, my remarks will primarily be directed to what I believe
are the more problematic aspects of their positions.

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