Category Archives: politics

Political tradeoffs

Traditional political parties depend on compromise. That is bad news for them in uncompromising times Imagine an election in which a party that did not even exist less than two months before gains one-third of the vote, pushing not only … Continue reading

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Money talks (but do we understand what it says?)

(featured image credit: Olivier Mabelly CC BY) What the flood of financial support for the rebuilding of the Notre Dame (and the reactions to it) tells us about ourselves Fires at famous landmarks understandably get a great deal of attention. … Continue reading

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Unthinkable

Be careful when you label a possibility ahead of you as unimaginable: your imagination may well be tested to destruction Have you ever attempted to log on to a website you rarely use, only to find that the password you … Continue reading

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The wisdom of the process

(featured image credit: Sarah Slade CC BY) We are often tempted to act impulsively, even though it is not in our interest. Good processes can help us avoid giving in to short-term temptations One of my oldest memories is learning … Continue reading

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Don’t tell me what you don’t want

When rejecting something is not enough “Tell me what you want, what you really, really want”, the Spice Girls sang in their catchy hit Wannabe, 22 years ago. They were not (to the best of my knowledge) a bunch of … Continue reading

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More power to the imagination

(featured image credit: Motihada) In praise of an underrated and underused mental instrument in decision-making There is more to economics than the economy. Much of human interaction is a form of trading: we give something up, and we get something … Continue reading

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How difficult can it be?

(featured image credit: Torbein Rønning CC BY) We all need a little faith, once in a while, when we’re faced with a difficult problem and we don’t know what is the best solution. But it’s best not to use it … Continue reading

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