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Irrationality

Texas-Sized Stupidity

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Keith M. Parsons

The issue of same-sex marriage propels some Texas Republicans into paroxysms of bigotry (actually, with these folks just about anything will do that). The knuckle-dragger response to same-sex marriage is to declare that if we recognize same-sex unions, soon we will have people marrying horses or inflatable dolls.

Are Health Scientists Healthy?

Troy Campbell | Posted 03.26.2014 | Science
Troy Campbell

Behavioral scientists don't just study irrationality; we live with it. Despite our own efforts to live rational lives and all the effort we spend designing environments that help people behave more rationally, we scientists find ourselves choosing irrationally.

Your Startup Horoscope

Startup Weekend | Posted 08.12.2013 | Small Business
Startup Weekend

By Franck Nouyrigat, Co Founder of Startup Weekend With Jupiter in retrograde, now is the time to start working on your startup ... but let's face it...

Everything Is a Matter of Perspective

Mark Baer | Posted 08.03.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

In the event that you will end up paying spousal or child support to your spouse in the divorce generally means that you were already paying them such support during the course of your marriage.

Dunno

Waldo Mellon | Posted 08.29.2012 | Comedy
Waldo Mellon

Dear Waldo, You're going to think I'm being a smart aleck but I'm not. I really want to know: How come there's so many wars all the time? Yours Truly, Big Chicken.

The Psychology Of Happy Endings

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Relatively pleasant endings can put a positive spin on even long, painful experiences, like the year 2011. And by this time next year, we'll likely have the same warm feelings about 2012.

Rationality And Irrationality In Believers And Atheists

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.04.2011 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

Science has much to say about spirituality, and vice versa. They aren't enemies or natural opposites.

What Greece Needs Now Is a New Hero

Vanessa Andris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vanessa Andris

The critical function that a new hero can perform to bring Greece back from the brink of bankruptcy is to tap and redirect the passion that drove them there.

When Hope Trumps Reason: The Science Of Irrational Optimism

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Psychological scientists are very interested in irrational optimism because it shapes our decisions in consequential realms like finance, romance and health care.

Downward Christian Soldiers

Matthew Harwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matthew Harwood

The recent resurgence of right wing violence turned particularly bizarre and creepy over the weekend.

Stumbling on Wins: Using Sports to Paint a Bigger Picture

David Berri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Berri

The study of decision-making in sports helps us understand human decision-making. So the next time you debate who is better on the field of play, remember, this debate tells us something about how human beings see and understand the world.

Why I Write

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

In the challenges, the fears, the dark in its obstinence, in its unique fearfulness -- we discover the mystery of life. Not as a thing to be dismissed but an infinite source of creativity to be loved.

New Yorker 2009 Roundup

Nicholas Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nicholas Brown

It's resolution time. The new year has come and the booze-fiends are taking some time off, the philanderers are planning quality family time and delet...

Will Spirituality Ever Be Serious?

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

All too often, however, spirituality reinforces rather than transcends conventional limits, boundaries, and notions of the ego. Sandwiched in between manicures and lunch dates, the quickie yoga class becomes just another way to augment and reinforce the self.

A Call for National Teach-Ins on the Economy

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Schechter

Most of us don't have much of a sense of how systems and institutions and economic laws and cycles operate. We expect rationality in a marketplace driven by panicky irrationality.