Thinking About Thinking: The Anchoring Effect

Sometimes it’s frightening when we examine our own decision making — especially when we realize how random and arbitrary it all is. It can be unsettling to know our judgment can be so heavily influenced by randomness — and it happens every day. Daniel Kahneman covers this in  Thinking, Fast and Slow, a bizare tour of the mind where he outlines the faults and…

A Meaningful vs. A Moral-ful Life

Anthropology is a tricky business. Sometimes it’s difficult to separate the real world from the imagined. A new book by Susan Wolf  tackles a similar quandary — when we start to think about if a meaningful life must be a moral life? It is written in ‘Meaning in Life and Why it Matters’ that there are values we associate with a good…

Digital Collectivism. Are you In?

Seems we all want to share in something — especially if it helps us save money these days. Enter Digital Collectivism. Who said digital is tearing us apart and making us less social? It’s quite the opposite in this case, as online interactions and connections are inspiring in-person interactions. This is a hybrid of pragmatism and altruism.…