Are we addicts all the time on the web?

The Truth About Addiction: We’re All Junkies Now Isn’t it time we start telling the truth about addiction? What is that truth? That we are all addicts and all the time. For this to make sense, it helps to first understand that our ideas about addiction are built atop a deeper fallacy—the idea of normalcy—the notion that there is an unadulterated state of consciousness, a “normal” state where our interpretation of reality is accurate. There are a number of huge problems with this idea. First, we know that ‘consciousness’ is a vast reduction in information. No one is exactly sure … Continue reading Are we addicts all the time on the web?

Can you beat the retailers?

11 Economic Lessons to Make You a Smarter Shopper For Black Friday The first and last rule of prices is that nobody knows what anything is worth. Shoppers are guided by shallow clues (“this is cheaper than that”) and latent emotions (“it feels like a good deal”) rather than knowledge and deliberate thinking. The discounts you’ll see Friday are an act of theater co-produced by retail stores and suppliers. A red cardigan sweater on sale for more than 40 percent off looks appealing at $39.99. But 40 percent off of what, exactly? “It was [probably] never meant to sell at … Continue reading Can you beat the retailers?