Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Pain of… Texting?

Yesterday I wrote about how most of us cheat, though just by a little bit. I also discussed the idea of how we feel more compelled to be dishonest, to cheat, to steal, when we are removed from cash. We’re … Continue reading

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This is a corruption free zone! But would you like to buy me a tea?

What compels people to be dishonst? That’s a question that behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores in some of his more recent research. It’s convenient to divide the world into honest people and cheaters (you, my dear reader, must most certainly … Continue reading

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Symbol-ism

You know how when you go to insert symbols into Microsoft Word, you have to hit some crazy combination of something like Ctrl + 2356 to get the British Pound sign. And how it’s a huge pain in the ass? … Continue reading

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That’s Why You Always Bring a Note

  I’m not sure if this is a universally true scholastic experience, but at least at the public schools I went to in Washington State, having a note was quite often essential. In the hall during a class period? You … Continue reading

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The Right Diagnosis

When I hit my snooze button in the morning, my diagnosis of the problem would seem to be that I am exactly nine minutes short of sleep. In nine minute’s time, I will wake up to the next alarm and … Continue reading

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Tying Odysseus/Myself to the Mast

As of tomorrow, July 15th, I start work at a new organization, called Innovations for Poverty Action. The organization develops and tests ideas in developing countries (and elsewhere), rigorously evaluating whether or not proposed development interventions are effective (more IPA-y-ish … Continue reading

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