Category Archives: politics

Choosing and using identities

(featured image credit: Jenny Scott CC BY) Identity is strong, and can trip us up in two ways. Who are you? That’s a pretty existential question. It is quite hard to come up with a quick and concise answer – … Continue reading

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Surreal choices

When decisions look bizarre, it may be because they involve unfeasible trade-offs Belgium is often associated with surrealism, not just thanks to renowned surrealist painter René Magritte was Belgian, but also because of its somewhat idiosyncratic politics. With six governments, … Continue reading

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Pernicious zero-sum thinking

(featured image credit: Jason Rowe) The assumption that buyers are losers and sellers are winners is a hardy perennial, and risks making us all into losers Here is a puzzle (it’s based on an old one, as you can tell … Continue reading

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Nationalization or privatization?

(featured image credit: Krahsman) Do private and public organizations (and their employees) make inherently different trade-offs? Todd Dewey is on his way from Winnipeg, Canada to North Spirit Lake, 500 km to the north east. He is one of the … Continue reading

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Dissonance in human nature

How do we resolve the inevitable perceived contradictions in the traits of the people around us? In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey relates how he was riding on the New York subway one Sunday morning. The … Continue reading

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Democracy’s feet of clay

Do people make good choices when they vote? *Can* they? How come most of us, most of the time, don’t do crazy things? We make hundreds of decisions every day – lots of small ones, and once in a while … Continue reading

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A cocktail of biases

(featured image: delo) Jumping to conclusions – the easiest kind of exercise, especially on a Sunday morning I learned three things this week: two things I didn’t know, and one thing I did know, but regularly seem to forget. All of … Continue reading

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