Phil Koop

**Comment of the Day**: “It is not only crows and chimpanzees that have a ‘theory of mind’-people do too!”: _[Phil Koop](https://www.bradford-delong.com/2019/04/who-should-serve-on-the-federal-reserve-board-mercatus-center.html#comment-6a00e551f0800388340240a49f378f200b)_: “Well thank goodness I am not the only one who feels this way! Far too much is made, in my opinion, of the [Scott Sumner’s] banal observation that we can never know what someone else is thinking. This is speciously true – we can never be certain of the entirety of another’s thoughts. But it is substantively false, once you allow as you ought for probable inference; we can often make a pretty good guess on salient points of interest. It is not only crows and chimpanzees that have a ‘theory of mind’-people do too! And some of us are pretty good at it; we can be quite sure of this because they tend to do things like consistently win a lot of money at poker. Certainly we do not need to be telepaths to judge Moore’s or Cain’s motives… —- #commentoftheday

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