Sounds appalling to some, a dream come true to others, I am sure. When I first heard about a "baby" lottery, I thought, no way, how can this be legal? But it is not a "baby" lottery in the way you might think.
As the fields of psychology and behavioral economics have demonstrated, homo sapiens is a seemingly irrational species that appears to, more often than not, think and behave in nonsensical rather than commonsensical ways.
When you wander through the grocery store, there are lots of products that tie themselves to social causes. The idea is that everybody wins--the company, the charity, and the purchaser. It may not work out that well for the charity, though.
It’s no surprise to advertisers that people rarely devote their full brainpower to the ads that are lobbed at them. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that the ads have no impact on consumers. Sometimes, it can mean the opposite.
There are some human experiences that we fancy as too ethereal to study. Like falling in love. But in the past several decades, behavioral scientists have had a lot to tell us about attraction and love...
For all its sophistication, our capacity to imagine alternative states is far from perfect. Even our deepest imaginings fall far short of complete immersion, and we're always left in psychological limbo somewhere between the present and a loosely sketched alternative.
Economists like Alan Greenspan suggest that it does, that by means of some "invisible hand," the market will guarantee stability. Baloney! If you believe that, I have some shares in a bridge in Brooklyn I can offer you at a bargain price.
The fictional words and actions of entirely made-up characters who have never drawn a breath in the real world can impact our attitudes and behavior more powerfully than the pleas or arguments of real flesh-and-blood people talking to us about real things in the actual world. Why should this be?