Reasoning

The Moral Diet

The New York Times: In the 1970s, the gift shop at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was an informal affair. It was staffed by about 300 mostly elderly volunteers, and there were cash drawers instead of registers. The problem was that of the shop’s $400,000 in annual revenue More

Study of the Day: Why Teams Don’t Always Make the Best Decisions

The Atlantic: PROBLEM: Important decisions are often reached when people collaborate. But can confidence in one’s teammates also backfire? METHODOLOGY: University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School researchers Julia A. Minson and Jennifer S. Mueller asked 252 people to estimate nine numbers related to United States geography, demographics, and commerce, either individually More

In Defense of Superstition

The New York Times: Superstition is typically a pejorative term. Belief in things like magic and miracles is thought to be irrational and scientifically retrograde. But as studies have repeatedly shown, some level of belief in the supernatural — often a subtle and unconscious belief — appears to be unavoidable More