How busyness leads to bad decisions Let’s see if this sounds familiar: You churn through the day at work under deadline pressure, racing to meetings, dashing off emails, feeling busy, purposeful and a little breathless. Yet as the end of … Continue reading Focusing on the wrong task
The Accidental Experiment That Changed Men’s Lives Festooned with mustard-yellow drapes and a dangling American flag, the room resembled a grange hall on bingo night. At center stage sat a wide vase containing oblong, plastic lotto balls, and over that … Continue reading The effect of lotteries
Can Brain Science Help Us Break Bad Habits? Several years ago, I bought a smartphone and soon came to love it. Being able to send an e-mail, look up a fact, or buy something no matter where I was meant … Continue reading Resolutions rarely work
‘Outlandish’ competition seeks the brain’s source of consciousness Brain scientists can watch neurons fire and communicate. They can map how brain regions light up during sensation, decision-making, and speech. What they can’t explain is how all this activity gives rise … Continue reading Does consciousness exist?
Changing Company Culture One Nudge at a Time Cultural change within an organization poses a unique challenge because sustained behavioral change is hard even when you desire the change. To achieve this successfully, the right method is required, with time … Continue reading Nudging organizations
How ergodicity reimagines economics for the benefit of us all The principles of economics form the intellectual atmosphere in which most political discussion takes place. Its prevailing ideas are often invoked to justify the organisation of modern society, and the … Continue reading Ergodicity economics
The Flawed Reasoning Behind the Replication Crisis Here are three versions of the same story: 1. In the fall of 1996, Sally Clark, an English solicitor in Manchester, gave birth to an apparently healthy baby boy who died suddenly when … Continue reading Quantifying uncertainty