Not mere trickery: Effects of behavioral nudges persist despite disclosure Nudging people toward particular decisions by presenting one option as the default can influence important life choices. However, many policymakers and some critics of behavioral interventions have raised serious ethical … Continue reading Default works even if you are aware of it
Most of the information we spread online is quantifiably “bullshit” In his well-known essay On Bullshit, Harry Frankfurt defines bullshit as speech that is designed to impress but lacks a direct concern for the truth. Under such a definition, a … Continue reading Is the end of thinking?
The Hypocritical Legal Campaign Against Daily Fantasy Sports This has been the year when daily fantasy sports went mainstream. Ads from the two biggest daily fantasy sites, Draft Kings and Fan Duel, were inescapable on sports broadcasts all summer and … Continue reading How New York promotes gambling
Why the Brain Makes Mistakes A study conducted at Carnegie Mellon University investigated the brain’s neural activity during learned behavior and found that the brain makes mistakes because it applies incorrect inner beliefs, or internal models, about how the world … Continue reading Your brain’s inner beliefs
Where Toilets “Take a Village” Asking “Why Toilets?” the World Toilet Organization cites childhood mortality, women’s safety, and the rippling impact of disease from open defecation. Below, Matt Damon explains his support: Where are we going? To why a toilet … Continue reading Nudge for toilets
The Science of Gratitude I conducted an early Thanksgiving experiment on myself. I was in Reykjavik, Iceland, on a lecture trip. My morning was free, and I took it to write two pages about how lucky I am—something, I’m embarrassed … Continue reading Saying thanks benefits your health
The Self-Defeating Fight against Vaccination Refusal In reaction to the persisting decrease of vaccination rates in developed countries, public authorities, the media and non-profits counteract with information campaigns. In my opinion, this approach is self-defeating because it ignores the phenomenon’s … Continue reading How the availability bias distorts vaccination