Can we have prosperity without growth? In 1930, the English economist John Maynard Keynes took a break from writing about the problems of the interwar economy and indulged in a bit of futurology. In an essay entitled “Economic Possibilities for … Continue reading The critique of economic growth
Why procrastination is about managing emotions, not time Like many writers, I’m a supreme expert at procrastination. When I ought to be working on an assignment, with the clock ticking towards my deadline, I’ll sit there watching pointless political interviews … Continue reading Addressing procrastination
A Potential Hidden Factor in Why People Have So Much Trouble Losing Weight The American conventional wisdom about weight loss is simple: A calorie deficit is all that’s required to drop excess pounds, and moderating future calorie consumption is all … Continue reading Biology more than willpower
Why Behavioral Scientists Need to Think Harder About the Future It’s taken for granted now that behavioral science is the future. Applied behavioral science has become part of the “innovation agenda,” and, with behavioral units proliferating, its methods seem destined … Continue reading Futuristic visions
The Problem With New Year’s Resolutions: What to Do Instead Yes, it’s that time again—the turning of the page, the stretch of a brand-new year, and, hopefully, a whole new you, right? Well, I happen to be a believer in … Continue reading Plot and plan
An Economist Goes Christmas Shopping “The Deadweight Loss of Christmas” is the sort of academic paper that makes ordinary people think economists are kind of crazy. “I find that holiday gift giving destroys between one-third and one-tenth of the value … Continue reading Did you buy presents?
The Neurons That Tell Time In June of 2007, Albert Tsao, a nineteen-year-old native of Silver Spring, Maryland, was working in Trondheim, Norway, at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience. Tsao was a summer intern in the lab of May-Britt … Continue reading Time is change