What Behavioral Economics Taught Me About Watching The News

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At the time of writing, I’m deep into Michael Lewis’ latest book, The Undoing Project. It’s a profile of the unlikely friendship and rich academic collaboration between two psychologists, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, whose interest in the systematic flaws of human decision-making gave rise to the field of behavioral economics. A result cited from their studies felt particularly relevant …

Risk Tolerance As A Form Of Sacred Fear

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I heard a sermon last weekend based on the concept of sacred fear, explained through the analogy of standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon as a simultaneously beautiful and terrifying experience. On the one hand, you are filled with a sense of the sublime in tandem with a rare perspective of your insignificance in the greater world. At …

De-Risking The Portfolio

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Me: “I’m so relieved you came straight to the Emergency Department.” Patient: “I’ll take lucky over smart any day, Doc!” This comment came from a patient with a long and checkered cardiac history who walked into a smaller local ED complaining of chest pain, only to experience a witnessed cardiac arrest from a typically lethal arrhythmia (ventricular fibrillation). The emergency …