How Aging Research Is Changing Our Lives Biologist Eric Verdin considers aging a disease. His research group famously discovered several enzymes, including sirtuins, that play an important role in how our mitochondria—the powerhouses of our cells—age. His studies in mice … Continue reading What drives aging?
Strengthening our ecological imagination Imagination is often misunderstood, defined as a fanciful flight away from reality—and sometimes it is. But there is another kind of imagination, one that is based on deep inner listening, with a quality of calm presence … Continue reading Imagine your environment
Israelis favor gentle government ‘nudges,’ study says Israelis of all walks of life tend to support gentle prompts from government and businesses that encourage positive behavior, according to a recent survey. The method of influence is known as “nudging,” and … Continue reading Supporting nudge
Doubling Down on a Better Environment for Us All The current administration’s recent announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris accord on climate change is an undeniable setback for environmental conservation efforts worldwide. The Paris agreement gives … Continue reading Tackling environmental challenges
Much Ado About Nudging In their provocative paper, “Putting Nudges in Perspective”, George Loewenstein and Nick Chater attempt to correct what they perceive to be a serious problem in the research agenda of applying behavioral economics to public policy. The … Continue reading Are prohibitions ineffective?
A tale of two tolls (behavioural economics and ethics edition) On the way back from a few days at the seaside, Google informed us that traffic ahead was getting worse, so we swapped the A road for the B-roads. The … Continue reading Toll aversion
The potential of behavioural economics: beyond the nudge Behavioural economics is a revolutionary field. Its champions may not have beheaded any royalty, but they have done the academic equivalent by overthrowing a paradigm that ruled our thinking and shaped our … Continue reading A nudge bias