This may or may not become a semi-regular feature on Fridays. It depends on how many fallacies I find interesting enough to write about. I have been fascinated by the world of behavioral economics for several years now, and always enjoy learning something new, especially when it comes to our cognitive biases. Dan Ariely mentioned … Continue reading Friday Fallacy: If By Whiskey
This post was inspired by the following Dan Ariely letter of advice: Dear Dan, Our neighborhood park has seen a surge in litter and trash. As chair of our neighborhood association, I was thinking of putting up signs, informing people about this issue and reminding them to please use the trash cans. Can you think … Continue reading Dear Students: Cheating Is Disgusting
CNN recently had a story that used four charts to show the financial disparity between Black and White Americans. I think this is worth sharing so that as many people as possible are aware of such disparities. Awareness of a problem is often the first step needed before working towards a solution. As they say, … Continue reading Some Striking Financial Disparities Between Black and White Americans
One of the benefits of being around college students all the time is that I have a better chance of being up-to-date on pop culture. And today's class was a perfect example. I had asked students to go into their Zoom breakout rooms and to come up with a list of people or companies who … Continue reading My College Students Keep Me Young…
The above is an image that depicts the global supply chain for Boeing's 787 aircraft, often referred to as the Dreamliner. I often use the image as the opening slide for my lecture on operations management since I think it captures so much about what operations are like these days. I never knew so many … Continue reading How Would You Like to Be in Charge of This?
Scientists at Singapore-based Singapore-based biotech company Gero have developed an iPhone app that accurately estimates biological aging. It discovered that life expectancy has the capacity to be almost double the current norm. The findings are based on blood samples from hundreds of thousands of people in the United States and United Kingdom. The instrument, called … Continue reading Get Ready to Live Twice as Long – to 150 Years Old!
A year ago, people couldn't find toilet paper, hand sanitizer, or baking flour. Fast forward one year, and now people are having trouble finding deodorant, teeth whitener, and condoms. Welcome to the post-COVID-19 world of retail. As pandemic restrictions are being lifted around the U.S., people are looking to buy products that will help them … Continue reading Oh My, How Our Spending Habits Have Changed. From Toilet Paper to Teeth Whitener
Most people are taught that if you get stuck on achieving a goal, it may be helpful to ask for some advice. Well in this week's Pinkcast, Dan interviews Wharton professor Katy Milkman who offers two tips that might at first glance appear counterintuitive. Katy is the author of the book: How to Change: The … Continue reading Want Some Advice? Give It, Rather Than Get It…
A couple of months ago the remote for our Samsing TV stopped working. We replaced the batteries, but to no avail. My first instinct was to see if there was a remote app I could download from the app store to replace the physical remote, and indeed there was. In fact there were many to … Continue reading Physical Remote > Remote App
I could have put a number in my headline, like "23" or "17", but I wasn't in the mood for clickbait 🙂 I came a cross a link from Prevention Magazien the other day titled "29 Weird Phobias That Really Do Exist", but it was one of those articles that each of the phobias was … Continue reading Some Unusual Phobias