The Paradox of Too Much Choice
Aug09

The Paradox of Too Much Choice

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action. — John Dewey On Netflix, I sometimes worry that I spend more time looking for movies than I actually spend watching them. Actually, I’m pretty sure I do. From movie selection to sock shopping to deciding which toe nail to clip first, I often can’t help agonizing over my choices. Of course, there are those jerks who look at their...

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The Sunk Cost Fallacy
Jun28

The Sunk Cost Fallacy

To terminate a project in which $1.1 billion has been invested represents an unconscionable mishandling of taxpayers’ dollars. – Senator Jeremiah Denton, 1981 (in response to critics who showed that the total cost of this Waterway Project would be more money than it could ever make) I’m going to describe an experience that my psychophilosophy powers tells me you’ve had: Not long ago, you went out to eat and ordered a meal...

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Choice Blindness
Jun14

Choice Blindness

When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice. — William James (the father of psychology) The other day, my girlfriend had a photoshoot, and she asked for my opinion on which of two shirts to wear. With my advanced degree in boyfriendology, I provided a very thoughtful response. As the actual photoshoot neared, however, my girlfriend again asked for my preference, and once more, I pointed to...

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Making a Better Decision
Jul22

Making a Better Decision

Sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the decision right. – Phil McGraw Recently, my whole world changed. Well, not my whole world, but the part of it I spend the majority of my time in; namely, my bedroom. Now, I don’t want to say moving to a new apartment was the worst thing I’ve ever experienced (I got this sliver in the third grade that took five days to come out), but it definitely wasn’t pleasurable. What was...

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Straight Psychophilosophy
Mar11

Straight Psychophilosophy

We are our choices. – Jean-Paul Sartre I once had a professor in undergrad begin a new class by saying, “So you know, I’m rather opinionated. But I make up for it by always being right.” Although my dad has never explicitly said such a thing, I’m sure he would find it rather agreeable. In general, though, we all believe that we’re right in how we think. And in a way, we have to. If we didn’t believe we were right in doing what we were...

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