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The Statue
That Didn't
Look Right..
• In September 1983, art dealer
Gianfranco Becchina offered the Getty
Museum a sixth-century BC kouros, a
nearly perfectly preserved marble
statue.
• Getty cautiously investigated the
statue's consistency with other kouroi
and its history, leading to a $10 million
purchase.
The Getty Kouros - Introduction
Scientific Validation and Initial Display
• Geologist Stanley Margolis concluded the statue was
made of ancient dolomite marble, indicating its age.
• After a thorough investigation, the Getty agreed to
buy the statue in the fall of 1986.
• Marion True, Getty's curator of antiquities, celebrated
the acquisition, highlighting the statue's "radiant
energy of the adolescence of western art."
Unveiling
Doubts and
Symposium
in Greece
• Italian art historian Federico Zeri
and others expressed doubts
about the statue's authenticity.
• Getty's symposium in Greece led
to increased skepticism, with
experts noting inconsistencies
and intuitive repulsion.
• Getty's legal and scientific case
began to unravel; letters tracing
the statue's history turned out to
be fakes.
1. Fast and frugal
• Decision-making with simplicity and speed.
• Relying on heuristics or rule of thumb.
• The goal is to balance accuracy with available resources.
2. The internal computer
• Focus on adaptive consciousness.
• Humans are giant computers.
• Decisions made quickly can be equally effective as when made with
caution.
3. A different and better world
• Attention should be paid to fleeting moments rather than glorifying
grand themes.
• Analyzing one's own decision-making and behavior.
"Optimizing Decision-Making: Embracing Fast and Frugal Strategies"
"Optimizing Decision-Making: Embracing Fast and Frugal
Strategies"
Lessons Learned
and Conclusion
• Understanding the adaptive
unconscious: The Getty's experts
were blinded by desire,
disregarding their instincts due to
the desire for a world-class
collection.
• Importance of rapid cognition:
Intuitive judgments, when properly
educated, can be as valuable as
slow, deliberate decisions.
• Acknowledging the power of the
blink: Taking our instincts seriously
can lead to a different and better
world.
story : The Statue That Didn't Look Right

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story : The Statue That Didn't Look Right

  • 2. • In September 1983, art dealer Gianfranco Becchina offered the Getty Museum a sixth-century BC kouros, a nearly perfectly preserved marble statue. • Getty cautiously investigated the statue's consistency with other kouroi and its history, leading to a $10 million purchase. The Getty Kouros - Introduction
  • 3. Scientific Validation and Initial Display • Geologist Stanley Margolis concluded the statue was made of ancient dolomite marble, indicating its age. • After a thorough investigation, the Getty agreed to buy the statue in the fall of 1986. • Marion True, Getty's curator of antiquities, celebrated the acquisition, highlighting the statue's "radiant energy of the adolescence of western art."
  • 4. Unveiling Doubts and Symposium in Greece • Italian art historian Federico Zeri and others expressed doubts about the statue's authenticity. • Getty's symposium in Greece led to increased skepticism, with experts noting inconsistencies and intuitive repulsion. • Getty's legal and scientific case began to unravel; letters tracing the statue's history turned out to be fakes.
  • 5. 1. Fast and frugal • Decision-making with simplicity and speed. • Relying on heuristics or rule of thumb. • The goal is to balance accuracy with available resources. 2. The internal computer • Focus on adaptive consciousness. • Humans are giant computers. • Decisions made quickly can be equally effective as when made with caution. 3. A different and better world • Attention should be paid to fleeting moments rather than glorifying grand themes. • Analyzing one's own decision-making and behavior. "Optimizing Decision-Making: Embracing Fast and Frugal Strategies" "Optimizing Decision-Making: Embracing Fast and Frugal Strategies"
  • 6. Lessons Learned and Conclusion • Understanding the adaptive unconscious: The Getty's experts were blinded by desire, disregarding their instincts due to the desire for a world-class collection. • Importance of rapid cognition: Intuitive judgments, when properly educated, can be as valuable as slow, deliberate decisions. • Acknowledging the power of the blink: Taking our instincts seriously can lead to a different and better world.