Category Archives: Emotions

Important futilities

Sometimes what we do seems to be unduly influenced by what appears to be utterly futile. Is that as unwise as it seems? Last Saturday was Luka’s 6th birthday. We had some balloons to decorate the house, and for just … Continue reading

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The relativity of mysterious overconfidence

(featured image: kues1/Freepik) Both doubt and confidence have benefits, but is there anything worthwhile in overconfidence? It is the season of party conferences in Britain. Over the years I have lived here, my attitude towards them has evolved from interest … Continue reading

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Like me

(featured image: Goran Has/Flickr CC BY 2.0) Is it irrational to favour people with whom you have something important in common? Imagine the prime minister of your country is not someone you naturally align with: in fact, you’d rather see … Continue reading

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Buyer and seller – one market price, two perspectives

(featured image: abby_mix07/Flickr CC BY NC SA 2.0) Markets enable prices to reach a level that satisfies both sellers and buyers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they see that price in the same way Do you know what a … Continue reading

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We can fabricate data, but we cannot fabricate the truth

(Featured image: Matt Lemmon/Flickr CC BY SA 2.0) When a renowned behavioural scientist gets embroiled in a case of fabricated data, there may be some lessons for us all When a behavioural science paper is discovered to have been using … Continue reading

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An accidental behavioural economist is on holiday – again

Human behaviour continues to be an inexhaustible source of wonder and fascination – even when on holiday Unexpectedly, your correspondent had an opportunity to return to his native country at short notice for a brief holiday after skipping the annual … Continue reading

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Beyond game theory

A board game with a small human illustrates how much emotions influence our decisions The other day, Jenny and I played a game of Ludo with Luka. Its rules are simple enough to make it quite suitable for a five-year-old, … Continue reading

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The asymmetrical price of friendship

(featured image: geralt via Pixabay) If you buy something from a friend, you might ask them for a discount – but if you are selling them something, would you ask them for a higher price? Humans are social animals. Our … Continue reading

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The problem with football

(featured image credit: J Brandt/Flickr) Football (or soccer), for many, produces such a powerful imagery and symbolism that we cannot help seeing it as a representation for bigger things – and that is what it is, warts and all Let … Continue reading

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The difference (or why utilitarians have a harder time)

(featured image via the author) What difference does our ethics framework make to anything, and what difference can we ourselves make to anything? It was already past dinner time on this warm late spring day, but my friend and I … Continue reading

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