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Choices Aren’t Even Choices - The Los Angeles Review of Books
"How Did I Get Here?: Making Peace with the Road Not Taken author: Jesse Browner publisher: Harper Wave pub date: 06.30.2015 pp: 288"
book  review  memoir  creativity  work  choice 
july 2015 by tsuomela
The Irrational Consumer: Why Economics Is Dead Wrong About How We Make Choices - Derek Thompson - The Atlantic
"Daniel McFadden is an economist. But his new paper, "The New Science of Pleasure," shows the many ways economics fails to explain how we make decisions -- and what it can learn from psychology, anthropology, biology, and neurology."
economics  choice  bias  psychology  criticism  consumer 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : The End of Possibility
"Yes, new tech have recently given us each more options, but this is mainly because new tech tends to make us each richer. Wealth gives options. If our descendants are, as I suspect, much poorer than we, they may well have fewer options than us. And eventually economic growth and tech innovation must slow to a crawl. Our finite universe simply cannot continue our exponential growth rates for a million years. For trillions of years thereafter, possibilities will be known and fixed, and for each person rather limited."
future  imagination  vision  options  choice  wealth  economics  growth 
october 2011 by tsuomela
[1106.0296] The Emergence of Leadership in Social Networks
"We study a networked version of the minority game in which agents can choose to follow the choices made by a neighbouring agent in a social network. We show that for a wide variety of networks a leadership structure always emerges, with most agents following the choice made by a few agents. We find a suitable parameterisation which highlights the universal aspects of the behaviour and which also indicates where results depend on the type of social network. "
social-networks  networks  game-theory  leadership  agents  social-science  choice 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Kenneth Train's Home Page
A Distant Learning Course on Discrete Choice Methods with Simulation
statistics  analysis  learning  discrete  choice  conjoint-analysis 
august 2011 by tsuomela
One small question that can change your life - The M.A.P. Maker
"Is this choice moving me closer or distancing me from my goal?"

Simple as that. One little question with two potential answers, asked over and over and over again, will effectively keep you on track and moving in the right direction. You can replace "goal" with "the life I want to create," or "my vision," or whatever else your big picture inspiration might look like, but the basic concept is the same. "
self-help  inspiration  tips  choice 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Why Keeping Your Options Open Is a Really, Really Bad Idea | Psychology Today
"So keeping your options open leads to less happiness and success, not more. Ironically, people don't actually change their minds and revise decisions very often. We just prefer having the option to do so, and that preference is costing us."
psychology  happiness  choice 
july 2011 by tsuomela
You Have the Power to Choose Prosperity - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
"And that's the point. This Great Stagnation? It might not just be about greedy bankers, hollow politicians, and glad-handing spin-doctors. Instead, its roots might have a great deal to do with us — and the consumption and investment choices we make, every moment of every day. And it might just be that without fundamentally altering those self-evidently self-destructive choices — well, this is the no-future future."
future  prosperity  consumerism  choice  reform 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Experimental Philosophy and the Problem of Free Will
"Many philosophical problems are rooted in everyday thought, and experimental philosophy uses social scientific techniques to study the psychological underpinnings of such problems. In the case of free will, research suggests that people in a diverse range of cultures reject determinism, but people give conflicting responses on whether determinism would undermine moral responsibility. When presented with abstract questions, people tend to maintain that determinism would undermine responsibility, but when presented with concrete cases of wrongdoing, people tend to say that determinism is consistent with moral responsibility. It remains unclear why people reject determinism and what drives people’s conflicted attitudes about responsibility. Experimental philosophy aims to address these issues and thereby illuminate the philosophical problem of free will. "
philosophy  experimental  free-will  freedom  near-far  construal-level-theory  choice  judgment  morality  ethics  abstraction 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Zen and the Art of Investment Banking: When Working Right is More Important than Finding the Right Work
"Thomas’ story is extreme, but its basic structure is common. Many young people are in a similar position to pre-monestary Thomas: their ill-defined sense of what work should be leads them to chronic and ambiguous unhappiness with their current opportunity. Instead of seeking out ways to develop their position, they seek out fault, and where obvious fault can’t be found, they generate it."
work  labor  passion  choice 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Choices -- not discrimination -- determine success for women scientists, experts argue
It's not discrimination in these areas, but rather differences in resources attributable to career and family-related choices that set women back in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields,
science  gender  bias  discrimination  success  choice  academic 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : Beware Commitment
"Speechifiers through the ages, including policy makers today, usually talk as if they want decisions to be made in far mode. We should try to live up to our ideals, they preach, at least regarding far-away decisions. But our reluctance to use contracts to enable more far mode control over our actions suggests that while we tend to talk as if we want more far mode control, we usually act to achieve more near mode control. "
psychology  choice  rationality  rational  decision-making  perspective  near-far 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Ober, J.: Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens.
When does democracy work well, and why? Is democracy the best form of government? These questions are of supreme importance today as the United States seeks to promote its democratic values abroad. Democracy and Knowledge is the first book to look to ancient Athens to explain how and why directly democratic government by the people produces wealth, power, and security.

Combining a history of Athens with contemporary theories of collective action and rational choice developed by economists and political scientists, Josiah Ober examines Athenian democracy's unique contribution to the ancient Greek city-state's remarkable success, and demonstrates the valuable lessons Athenian political practices hold for us today
book  publisher  politcal-science  ancient  history  collective-action  rational  choice 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Temptation : The Frontal Cortex
Our moral intuitions (influenced by Genesis) tell us that everyone wants to take the money and run, that we're all attracted by the possibility of unearned cash. But this latest study suggests that, at least for the people who take the wallet to the police, there is no temptation to resist. They don't steal because they don't want to steal; telling the truth isn't hard work. They are living, in other words, in a state of moral grace, at least when it comes to the wallet.
neurology  neuroimaging  brain-imaging  fmri  morality  temptation  ethics  choice  psychology  philosophy 
november 2009 by tsuomela
Running from Safety | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
One of the toughest dilemmas anyone faces in making choices about career or life paths is which to weigh more heavily: safety, or fulfillment? A lucky few manage to have both qualities at once, but most jobs that offer good paychecks and “safe” job security turn out not to be the most fulfilling ways we could imagine spending our days. There’s a reason, it turns out, that they pay so well. People won’t do those jobs for the love of them.
career  choice  jobs  money  work  safety  psychology 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Referendum - Happy Days Blog - NYTimes.com
The Referendum is a phenomenon typical of (but not limited to) midlife, whereby people, increasingly aware of the finiteness of their time in the world, the limitations placed on them by their choices so far, and the narrowing options remaining to them, start judging their peers’ differing choices with reactions ranging from envy to contempt.
psychology  life  culture  happiness  reflection  age  aging  experience  choice 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Myth of Consumer Choice « The Baseline Scenario
So what really frustrates me about this whole “consumer choice” fraud is the premise it begins with. It starts out by framing health care as a problem of consumer incentives – health care is too cheap. This is a factually accurate framing that leads you to a dead end (unless you think people who underestimate their future sickness should die). I think the right way to frame this issue is with this question: Given a poor person and a rich person who have the same potentially fatal disease, should both of them live, or only one?
health-care  medicine  choice  consumer  health  cost  insurance  risk  free-markets  information  ideology  choice-fetish 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Lehman’s Last Contribution to Society: A Lesson on Social Insurance - Economix Blog - NYTimes.com
Prior to this form of social insurance, the owners of a business were legally liable with their personal wealth for damages the business might have inflicted on others. With limited liability, the corporation’s shareholders are liable only up to their equity stake in the company. They can lose at most the value of their investment in the corporation’s stock. Beyond that, someone else in society — often the taxpayer — bears the financial risk for damages attributable to the corporation.
business  social  insurance  choice  risk  finance  america  ideology  free-markets 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Gender
summaries and pointers to some research papers on topic of gender and decisions
gender  decision-making  decision  choice 
august 2009 by tsuomela
RSA - Beyond boom and bust
Neither Hayek nor Keynes considered that possibility (more than markets and hierarchies, that is, not more than one God) but that is what the theory of plural rationality, also called cultural theory, does. After all, why should there be just two ways of organising if, as economists and political scientists have long argued, there are four kinds of goods: private, public, common-pool and club
economics  cultural-theory  hierarchy  egalitarian  risk  choice 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Peanut Butter and Paternalism | Psychology Today Blogs
Where is the line between safety and paternalism? Two cases: food regulation and motorcycle helmets.
choice  government  regulation  health  paternalism  rationality  safety  risk  perception  assesment 
february 2009 by tsuomela

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