Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

It’s ok to be irrational — as long as you know it

Would we make better decisions if we knew we are acting on the same decision-making principles as slime molds? The article below argues yes.

Yes, You’re Irrational, and Yes, That’s OK

By David Berreby | February 26, 2015 | Nautilus

The insight that will save you from being manipulated. Continue reading

October 2, 2015 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, economics, evolutionary psychology | , , , , | Leave a comment

Rational and Irrational Thought: The Thinking that IQ Tests Miss

Also interesting, mentioned in the comment, is the Monty Hall Problem.

Rational and Irrational Thought: The Thinking that IQ Tests Miss

Why smart people sometimes do dumb things

Jan 1, 2015 | By Keith E. Stanovich | Scientific American

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January 2, 2015 Posted by | brain | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Irrational Valuations

How much is it worth? Forget rationality, your answer may depend on the last number you have heard. From Advisor’s Edge, April 2012:

Irrational valuations

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April 23, 2012 Posted by | behaviour, economics | , , , | Leave a comment

The value of a coin or banknote depends on its familiarity

It seems money is not just money…

From The Economist:
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Irrational economics
Look and feel

Apr 3rd 2008
From The Economist print edition

The value of a coin or banknote depends on its familiarity

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June 20, 2008 Posted by | behaviour, psychology | , | Leave a comment