Nudge – Improving decisions

I was reading this book by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein entitled "Nudge" - in the book they evaluate choices, biases and the limits of human reasoning from several perspectives. They tell stories about how they trick themselves to becoming victims of the very limitations of thought that they are describing. This is telling, because the very fact that these educated, articulate professionals can trick themselves (even though they know what is happening) demonstrates how tough it is to think clearly. We fall prey to systematic errors of judgment all the time - however, one of the ways of harnessing this issue is to help others make better decisions.

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Opinions

Some Friday wisdom. Opinions are like arseholes. Everyone has one... in the same way that you don’t go around worrying about everyone else’s arseholes... you ought to do the same with their opinions too.

Is it worth having children?

René Descartes was a French 17th century philosopher, most famous for his saying "I think therefore I am". What makes him stand out for me, is that he was a fierce rationalist - relying on reason as the best guide for belief and action. This was in an age when many philosophers backed up their arguments with appeals to god, Descartes trusted in nothing more than the power of human logic. I am no philosopher, but I do see myself as a fierce rationalist too, often relying on logic to solve many of my own conundrums. It is with this logical hat on, that I would like to discuss the topic of having children, and why this may, or may not be a good idea. My overall conclusion is that while young children may bring many moments of joy and positives to young parents, the real reason for having children is the benefits to the parents when they get old.