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On Second Thought

Wray Herbert Our lives are composed of millions of choices, ranging from trivial to life-changing and momentous. Luckily, our brains have evolved a number of mental shortcuts, biases, and tricks that allow us to quickly negotiate this endless array of decisions… Take a sneak peek.

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A wonderful book that should be read by the public and experts alike…the most complete statement currently available on the foibles manifest in everyday decision making and surely one of the most interesting books that I have had the pleasure of reading.

— Ellen Langer, author of Mindfulness

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Why fuzzy, ambiguous resolutions work best

Posted on January 8, 2014 by Wray Herbert

Okay, so it’s January 8th and you’re at the gym with your fresh commitment to shed those holiday pounds and get fit once and for all. First step, after hopping into your bright new gear, is to have your HHI measured. HHI is the Holistic Health Index, a much improved version of the old BMI… Read more

A Bunch of Little Scrooges

Posted on December 20, 2013 by Wray Herbert

Alms for the poor. Sidewalk Santas with clanging bells. The words and images may seem a bit Dickensian, but the charitable sentiment still resonates throughout the winter holiday season. After all, every one of the world’s major religions preaches compassion and generosity toward those less fortunate. Yet despite the universality of this simple message, there… Read more

Holy Heuristics!

Posted on March 14, 2013 by Wray Herbert

I wrote this a while back, but watching the ecstatic crowds in St. Peter’s Square has inspired me to repost it. More than a billion Catholics worldwide are celebrating the election of a new leader, Pope Francis, and they represent just a fraction of the world’s believers. People believe for many reasons, and beliefs vary… Read more

Clap Clap Boom Boom Slam

Posted on February 27, 2013 by Wray Herbert

The Washington Post, my local newspaper, ran a fascinating and unusual front page story this morning. The article focused on a recent phenomenon at Alice Deal Middle School called Cups. Cups is a clapping game, in which children—mostly girls—beat out a rhythm on upturned cups, then turn them over and slam then on the table,… Read more

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