This is a book review and commentary on “Predictably Irrational – The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions” Dan Ariely.
Great book. Recommended reading.
In his fascinating book, “Predictably Irrational – The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions” Dan Ariely scientifically documents our flawed human decision-making process. His focus is primarily a new field of research called behavioral economics. He empirically examines individuals’ decision-making processes related to a wide range of issues with implications far beyond mere economics; some of the more provocative topics are listed below:
- The Cost of Zero Cost
- Why we often pay too much when we pay nothing
- The Cost of Social Norms
- Why we are happy to do things, but not when we are paid to do them
- The Influence of [sexual] arousal and passion
- Why sound decision-making is abandoned by the emotions of the moment
- The effect of expectations
- Why a person gets what he expects
- The nature of our character
- Why we are dishonest Read more…
Several years ago I became familiar with the web site http://www.getchristiananswers.com/. I have watched it mature and even contributed material periodically. I do believe it’s a great and reliable Christian resource. I also believe that most of the postings are based on solid fundamental, Biblically accurate Christian doctrine.
Unfortunately recent actions by Google may silence this Christian community forum by the end of the year. Please don’t let that happen.
Read the full story at http://www.gofundme.com/SaveGCA .
There have been ever more frequent instances of Christian websites being blacklisted by Google, Yahoo, and so on – often in response to governmental pressure – effectively silencing them because of Christian beliefs. Please don’t let them silence this one also! Help out by spreading the news or personally contributing whatever The LORD leads you to contribute. Read more…
You don’t have to agree with me.
You don’t have to like or love me.
All I ask is that you hear me out
And not shut the words up before they exit my mouth.
You always, always have the option to tune me out,
To ignore or walk away from me,
To argue with me,
To mock and ridicule me.
But here in America
You never had and never will have the right
To muzzle me, to silence me,
To kill me.
[This was written two years ago.
I wonder if the last stanza is still true today.]
San Francisco recently banned McDonald’s Happy Meals.
Now University of California San Francisco scientists want to eliminate candy, too! I’m speechless!
Commentary on furor over Ellen’s appointment to be spokesperson for J.C. Penney’s. Also includes some examples of how LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans-gender) behavior is being forced into American society as “desirable”, even at grade school levels.