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I wasn’t going to buy What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do The Opposite, because the title says it all.  It illustrates one of my key arguments about decision-making.  It is emotional, based in the reward system, and all of our glorious pondering serves only to sharpen our after-the-fact explanations of choices.

This system, at the base of addictions and bad habits, works against us when our rewarding activities have long-term consequences that cannot be appreciated in the moment.  It is the system I must work against to improve my physical health.  I have seen people change lifelong habits in a relatively short time, but the method is a mystery to me.  That change can happen tells me that decision-making can be improved also — we are not complete slaves to our basal ganglia.

So I downloaded this book, along with one called ‘Habits’ (more after I finish it), and can recommend it highly.  I think I can finally lose that last ten pounds!


Boldly Gone, a webcomic by Kevin Church and Ming Doyle, lovingly sends up the Star Trek series and one captain in particular.  Who.  Speaks haltingly.

The captain of the Mandella is Paul Meredith.  His service record states that he won the Cadet’s Clean Cabin award three years running, which tells me all I need to know.

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