Monthly Archives: March 2012

For the Love of Failure

There is no more popular topic in modern culture than the virtue of failure. In blogs, on prime-time television, and wherever people gather online or in person, the modern social norm is to celebrate failure and to proclaim once again, … Continue reading

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Who Is in the Driver’s Seat?

Who truly controls the replication of ideas in our time? Who controls the curation of those ideas, thereby choosing for us the ideas we are most likely to see and how often we see them in different forms? What are … Continue reading

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Why, oh why?

Those of us whose research involves understanding the choices people make, and those who are simply interested in understanding why people do what they do, face two serious challenges in our investigations. One scientists call confabulation, the way we guess at … Continue reading

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Time Span of Discretion

With the rise of mass production in the late nineteenth century, productivity gurus zeroed in on the use of time as the key to getting maximum output out of the labor force. Scientific management, sometimes called Taylorism, had two key components. One … Continue reading

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A Warhol Speculation

For two overlapping research projects, I have been reading a book by Andy Warhol in which he makes an interesting speculation about the success of someone with whom he worked: Years later I figured out why he was such a successful … Continue reading

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What’s the Risk?

Thirty years ago when I wrote my thesis about how individuals and organizations make decisions, and how they could make better ones, the fact that people do not make rational decisions was well understood by every scholar in the field. … Continue reading

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Human Error

In standard scientific and social-scientific methodology for testing hypotheses, there are two classical sorts of errors scientists try to minimize. These two types of errors have interesting parallels in human logic, as people try to reason clearly from observations to … Continue reading

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