Category: General

Certainty and the turkey problem

We all take lessons from the past and apply these to making predictions about the future. This is both appropriate and necessary in many situations. The difficulty is that sometimes the lessons we learn...

Planning for multiple futures

Apple recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the announcement of the iPhone.  The iPhone, and smart phones as we know them, are now so pervasive and central to the lives of so many that...

Is there a relationship between luck and morality?

For most people, it’s fairly easy – and natural – to think of ourselves or others as moral or ethical people. Or otherwise.  It’s an internal trait, that’s largely independent of context or circumstances. Right? But…...

Speculation about diet and the nocebo effect

Many people have heard about the placebo effect. Less people have heard about the nocebo effect. An entertaining overview of the placebo effect is in the video below.  The nocebo effect is conceptually the...