Category Archives: politics

Zero shades of grey?

Society seems more polarized than ever: opinions tend to be devoid of nuance, leaving little opportunity for compromise and tolerance. Are we unavoidably on a course to a black-and-white world? Our earliest primate ancestors, who emerged around 74 million years … Continue reading

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The strange phenomenon of U-turn aversion

(featured image: kreatikar/Pixabay) Reversals of earlier decisions – U-turns – attract a lot of criticism, and we tend to be reluctant to make them. Why is that, and is this a problem? In October 1980, Margaret Thatcher, just in the … Continue reading

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(Prime) Ministerial choices

(Featured image: No 10/Flickr CC BY NC ND 2.0) An entertaining spectacle at Westminster and 10 Downing Street is also a showcase of decision making Over his political career, the United Kingdom’s (now acting) prime minister has gained a reputation … Continue reading

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Kant and Bentham in politics and beyond

(Featured image: Philippe Theriault/Flickr/Wikimedia) Two distinct modes of moral decision making are neither limited to ethics, nor as distinct as they seem A runaway trolley comes hurtling down a hill, and is set to kill five workers on the track. … Continue reading

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Myopia, incompetence and disregard

(Featured image: Misha Dontzov/Flickr CC BY 2.0) Poor decision making comes in many guises, but there are three widespread causes that are often implicated When did you last make a poor decision? I don’t mean unfortunate situations where you were … Continue reading

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The transaction cost of summer time

(featured image: Miriam Alonso/Pexels) March remains, until further notice, the month in which many countries put the clock forward until autumn, but opinions about the practice are divided. Can behavioural economics shed some (day)light? The younger folk among us may … Continue reading

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All bad things must come to an end

(Featured image: Rachel Towne/Flickr CC BY 2.0) Sloppy decision making is confronting authorities with self-inflicted problems In the news this past week: top tennis player Novak Djokovic affirms that he will not get a COVID-19 vaccine, even if it means … Continue reading

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Tensions, between and within

(featured image via freepik) Look around you, and you see tension between people everywhere. But more than those, it’s the tensions within us that influence our behaviour and our choices As these words are being written, the tension between Russia … Continue reading

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The return of the trade-off

(Featured image via Freepik) Aside from the damage the SARS-CoV-2 virus has done, it is time to consider the damage poor policy making is doing, and for policy makers to re-adopt solid decision-making practices Many countries are experiencing record numbers … Continue reading

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Viral decisions

Featured image: Laura Billings/Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0 The extreme conditions a pandemic puts us in shines a stark light on the fundamental challenges of decision making – both at a personal level, and in policy making Imagine being asked not … Continue reading

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