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Economics for other people

(credit: Lenny DiFranza CC BY/Flickr) Two core economics concepts are crucial to our decisions, and even more so if they affect others than just ourselves Late last Sunday, May 31st, my wife’s friend Linda got a surprise from the UK … Continue reading

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Similar, but very different

(credit: 272447 /Pixabay) We sometimes treat similar risks very differently, and that affects how we make decisions Fear of flying is not likely to be something bothering many people any time soon. The latest IATA figures show that, after a … Continue reading

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Festive (behavioural) conversation tips

(featured image: Michael L CC BY) How to avoid awkward silences and uncivilized exchanges around the festive table Chances are that you will either be hosting, or a guest at, a mega dinner party in the next few days. Yes, … Continue reading

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Voter’s regret

(Featured image: STML CC BY) We all experience regret, but it’s an emotion to which there is more than meets they eye at first sight   It’s Friday the 13th, and the people of the UK have woken up to … Continue reading

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The essence of time

(image: studio curve and Butch Dallsay CC BY) We are familiar with the concept of value for money, but are we as good at assessing ‘value for time’? You’re going on a short break tomorrow. You still need to pack … Continue reading

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Brexit, a multitude of decision-making case studies

Whether you think Brexit is a good thing or a bad thing, the process so far is a catalogue of spectacularly poor decisions. What can we learn from them? “Life is journey, not a destination”, a widely misattributed quote goes. … Continue reading

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The battle between pluralism and purity

(image credit: PublicDomainPictures) Purity and perfection are alluring, but when they come into conflict with the messiness of pluralism, compromising becomes difficult and we may end up with unintended consequences   People are choosing machines. All day long, we make … Continue reading

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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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