"Rare, difficult choices are good candidates for nudges," write Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler. Throughout their book Nudge, Sunstein and Thaler try to encourage limitations on nudges. They acknowledge that anytime people are in a position to influence decision-making by determining how choices are designed and structured, they will be providing people with nudges, regardless … Continue reading A Limitation on Nudges
In Letters From a Stoic, Seneca quotes Epicurus in writing, “It is wrong to live under constraint; but no man is constrained to live under constraint.” Quite frankly, Seneca and Epicurus are wrong. The stoic thinkers make two arguments in the short quote, and both fail to live up to the reality of humankind's … Continue reading Living Under Constraints
American's fear having to wait for anything. We want to order things from the comfort of our own home and have them delivered in two days. We don't want to wait behind more than three people in line at the grocery store, and we don't want to wait for medical care (to be honest these … Continue reading The Specter of Rationing Care
There is a story that I hear from time to time in different contexts. Depending on the context, it is framed as either positive or negative, with different ideas about what our future holds and how we should behave. The story manages to hit political and social identities, aspirations and fears for the future, and … Continue reading To Wear a Sweater or Not?