Instant Gut Decisions: Illustrated by McCain and Obama

We talk and write a lot about how the recognition-based adaptive decision-making taught by Sun Tzu helps people make the right decisions instantly (see articles here). At the recent Saddleback Presidential Forum last Saturday, we saw the difference in someone trained academically in critical thinking and someone trained in the Sun Tzu's strategy. While Obama's answers were all intelligent enough, they were unfocused and rambling as he tried to think his way through the issues. McCain, in contrast, spoke from the gut, giving clear concise answers from his well-developed sense of strategic awareness. We have written about McCain working from gut instinct before, but this was a very clear demonstration of the difference between a trained gut and rambling reason.