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Does rationality rule? : Comments

By Andrew Leigh, published 12/7/2010

'Just as we donít expect buskers to be great musicians, it turns out that people enjoy coffee more if itís served in a stylish mug ...'

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<< Another form of predictable irrationality is procrastination. >>

Huh?? I always thought that procrastination was very rational.

I mean, why do today what you can do tomorrow, when it comes to unpleasant tasks? Then, at least some of the time, someone else will do them. Or if they donít get done as often as some people would like, does it really matter?

Is that irrational? (:>/
Posted by Ludwig, Monday, 12 July 2010 8:44:43 AM
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Well, they say that sociologists are people who discover the bleeding obvious! People have been telling us we are irrational right back to the days of Socrates. What's more interesting is why we find it so hard to accept.
Posted by Jon J, Monday, 12 July 2010 3:16:17 PM
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Jon J

Weíre not completely irrational, nor are we irrational in all circumstances - the article rightly point out that assuming rationality works pretty well in many circumstances.

The interesting point is PREDICTABLE irrationality Ė knowing when and in what ways people are likely to make decisions that are not necessarily logical, consistent or in their own best interest. If we can identify these occasions weíll be better forecasters, policy makers and social scientists. Itís also quite interesting!
Posted by Rhian, Tuesday, 13 July 2010 3:53:13 PM
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i found it interesting, thankyou for the article.. Re procrasinating.. if there is something you really dont want to do, stop doing it and see if any one cares.. just a thought..if that doesnt work.. well...
Posted by sharan, Thursday, 15 July 2010 8:34:27 AM
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