- Today's Moment of Idealistic Naivete: Wikileaks: http://wp.me/pCprU-mB 2 years ago
- Ending the War on Drugs: http://wp.me/pCprU-mw 2 years ago
- Twilight Of The Suburbs, Now Home To One-Third Of America's Poor http://huff.to/bGZP7F 2 years ago
- U.S. Subways Harness Kinetic Power To Recycle Train Energy http://huff.to/bVsXvR 2 years ago
- America's Walk Deficit http://yhoo.it/dijIvg 2 years ago
- Today’s Moment of Idealistic Naivete: Wikileaks
- Ending the War on Drugs
- The Most Walkable Cities in the World
- It’s Where We Live
- Can Cities Feed Themselves?
- French Street Artist Wins TED Humanitarian Prize
- Dimanche Sans Voiture
- Are Brussels and Los Angeles Sister Cities?
- Masdar begs the question: What exactly is meant by “a sustainable city?”
- Is Generation Y Passing on Cars?
- Can Cities Make Us Crazy?
- Stranger Studies 101: Cities as Interaction Machines
- Does New Orleans Have an Identity Crisis?
- Three Urban Interventions in Two Hours: NYC
- Cargo Bike Spotted…
Daily Archives: February 11, 2010
Behavioral economist Sendhil Mullainathan’s 2009 TEDtalk deals with the seeming inefficiency of social change. A problem is recognized, solutions are hypothesized, tested, refined, produced, and distributed, but the problem doesn’t disappear. Why? In a nutshell, because our behavior is governed by mental mapping that doesn’t always adapt to the context at hand. Journalist and author Laurence Gonzales explores this conundrum at length in Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. People who perish in survival situations often behave in what are deemed to be irrational ways, but the science shows that it is rarely irrational behavior that kills them; in fact, their rationale might be entirely in keeping with the biological and behavioral mechanisms that have developed over millennia and, individually, from personal experience. The real problem occurs when these mechanisms do not align with the context at hand.
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