Category Archives: Morality

How effective is your altruism?

(featured image credit: Yukiko Matsuoka CC/BY) We cannot escape profound, inevitable trade-offs when it comes to how we use our resources – including when we give them away.  Next time you pay for your groceries at the supermarket, have a look … Continue reading

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No uncertain terms

We are all suckers for certainty Earlier this month, it was announced that Paul Dacre, the editor of the Daily Mail since 1992, would step down in November of 2018. The Mail is the second best selling newspaper in the … Continue reading

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The point of tipping

(credit: Lea Latumahina BY CC) An old and persistent custom offers rich insight in our profound economic nature I have to start with an embarrassing confession. On my very first business trip to the US, having arrived on a Saturday evening, … Continue reading

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Rules vs instincts

(featured image credit: Gary J. Wood) Economic and social forces condition our behaviour in traffic – and not always for the best “Get out of my way!” If you’re a driver, this phrase has probably crossed your lips (and if not … Continue reading

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Influence from beyond the grave

(featured image credit: MemoryCatcher) How our relationship with a dead person guides the choices we make Have a look around you, and pick the first object that your eye catches. How much is it worth, would you say? Maybe you’re trying … Continue reading

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Organ donation in da nation

(featured image: Engin_Aykurt) Enough with the nudging already – why not simply pay people to donate their organs? One of my earliest childhood memories is hearing on the radio about an operation performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard at the Groote Schuur … Continue reading

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Good drama = good economics

Drama is truly compelling when it exposes the raw, painful trade-offs its characters face When the term economics is used in relation to drama, what springs to mind is the financing and the box office takings of a film, or … Continue reading

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