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Human behavior in a post-rational world

  • Yes, Television Can Make You Evil

    In the 1960's and 70's, with Americans worried about Communist hordes and Nazism a living memory, many feared that people are just naturally sheep—all too ready to conform, cower and obey. Crime news and...

  • New Insights into the Habits of Highly Ineffective People

    Why do people so often fail to live up to their own standards?

  • Ebook Armistice

    A couple of hours after my last post about the battle over ebooks pricing, word emerged that Amazon and Macmillan had ended their feud. The day before, another giant publisher, the Hachette Book Group, joined...

  • The War Over Ebooks: Update

    Now that Amazon has shown it can and will cut off access to its stock of books whenever it pleases, the Authors Guild has created this tool for writers. Register at whomovedmybuybutton?.com and you'll be alerted...

  • The eBooks Battle: I'm With MacMac

    I buy books. I also have written a book. So I have a more-than-idle interest in this week's giant-monster fight over ebooks, which pitted Amazon against the big publisher Macmillan and, indirectly, Steve Jobs. ...

  • Press Watch

    If you want to see some key symptoms of unconvincing journalism about social science, look no further than this New York Times piece on the effect of unemployment on families. Hallmark Number 1: Duh-uh. Job loss...

  • Does Tipper Gore Know About This One?

    Here's a curious study, which reports that "a multivariate logistic regression analysis finds that opera fans are 2.37 times more accepting of suicide because of dishonor than nonfans." The authors think this is...

  • Of Privilege and Polanski

    The human mind is full of contradictory impulses. For instance, I doubt that many of us want the President to do his own laundry. He's not like us; he has a special talent that we want him to exercise, so give...

  • Run, Techies, Run!

    Batten down the hatches, people who work in tech support from Bangalore to Bangor. Google's tribute for today celebrates the invention of the bar code. Replacing those playground-friendly letters with the word...