Archive for 2014

Buy or Bite?

I might be a few days late for Halloween, but I finally got the chance to listen to the latest Freakonomics podcast: What Can Vampires Teach Us About Economics? (For new readers to this blog, I am a huge fan of applying economic principles to unconventional topics.) The podcast interviews Glen Whitman, an economist and editor […]

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Rationality Checklist

The Center for Applied Rationality has a handy “Checklist of Rationality Habits” on their website that you can use to help develop better rationality habits. From my own checklist, I’ve found that I’m great at reacting to evidence and arguments I haven’t heard before and analyzing beliefs, but I can improve on handling inner conflicts […]

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Are female hurricanes really more deadly than male hurricanes?

A recent study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at hurricanes in America between 1950 and 2012 and found that hurricanes with female names kill more people than hurricanes with male names, an average of 45 to 23. If I have taught you anything on Rational Reactor, it is that things […]

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Negative Interest Rates

The European Central Bank announced this morning that they will cut their deposit rate from zero to -0.10%, making it the first major central bank to institute a negative rate. (For individuals saving money, the benchmark interest rate has also been lowered from 0.25% to 0.15%.) This sounds crazy, right? But the eurozone is looking […]

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