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Is it justifiable for a woman to lie to her husband so he will see a doctor?
The Ethicists consider when it’s worth taking away a loved one’s autonomy.
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Don't Click Here!  So today is  the big day.  Or maybe it was yesterday.  Anyway, Irrationally Yours: On Missing Socks, Pickup Lines, and Other Existential Puzzles  should now be available for purchase at  your local bookseller.

What is a book?  Aline Grüneisen recently released a video in which she explained, if I recall correctly, that a book is something like an analog or paper version of Wikipedia https://vimeo.com/127289358.

I didn't find that explanation particularly helpful.  I'm not very technically savvy, but as  I understand it, a "book" is like an e-book (hence the name), but it consists of sheets of paper, numbered, and physically joined together. ( Fifty Shades of Grey is a book.  You may have seen some women carrying that around with them.)

I intend to buy one of these Irrationally Yours books and carry it around with me, as a conversation piece or conversation-starter, kind of like a puppy-dog.   I'm quite taken by the aquamarine blue cover.

Irrationally Yours features illustrations by William Haefeli.  So if I ever get bored, or too depressed from looking at Facebook on my smartphone, I can always flip through the Irrationally Yours book and look at the illustrations. (http://38.media.tumblr.com/5fd2a037e31acfbecbe889a2e9a13c9b/tumblr_mlh0v3L7x21qav5oho1_500.gif)

Of course, Irrationally Yours is also available as a normal digital download, in text or audio formats.
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You can pre-order (Dis) Honesty:  the Truth about Lies now .  The release date is Friday, 22 May.  I'm not sure whether you save money by pre-ordering.  
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Dan Ariely is interviewed by Chris Martenson about behavioral economics, behavioral finance, and inequality.   (16 May 2015, 42 minutes).
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Teenage bullying: down but still commonplace.
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Opinion piece by Erez Yoeli,  Syon Bhanot, Gordon Kraft-Todd, and David Rand on social norms, public policy, and social interventions.
We cooperate because it makes us look good.
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Josh Zepps (formerly the voice for Olly the Kookaburra as well as John Howard on John Howard's Diary) interviews Dan Ariely, who discusses some important ideas from behavioral science (18 May 2015; 27 minutes).
http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/dan-ariely-irrationally-yours-book-behavioral-economics/5550ee8878c90abf24001342
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What we got here is... a failure to communicate.  Do we have a business relationship or a personal relationship?
Ever met a perfectly pleasant stranger and then you were asked to critique their communication, habits and home?
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Public flagship universities are enrolling greater numbers of out-of-state and international students as a means of increasing revenue (and to build their brands).
One of the most important paths to upward mobility, open on a meritocratic basis to people from all economic classes, is narrowing.
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I think Carey is over-reacting.  Applications have risen because  the Common Application makes it easier to apply to numerous colleges.  And most universities have put a lot of money and effort into increasing diversity.  So allowing more international and out-of-state students to matriculate at Tier 1 universities is not a catastrophe, in my opinion.  It's a reasonable response to public mandates and  funding cutbacks that have occurred in some states.
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Incentivized smoking cessation:  the group-oriented programs were not significantly more successful than the individual-oriented programs.  The length of the stoppage was six months. Scott Halpern was lead investigator; Kevin Volpp was a senior investigator.  (Below is the news release from Penn.  The abstract from the New England Journal of Medicine, May 13, 2015 is here:  http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1414293)
Four different financial incentive programs, each worth roughly $800 over six months, all help more smokers kick the habit than providing free access to behavioral counseling and nicotine replacement therapy. Further, the way in which equally-sized payouts are structured influences their effectiveness.
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See and hear Dan Ariely in Pasadena and West Los Angeles following the screening of (Dis) Honesty:  the Truth about Lies this Friday and Saturday.  For details, click on this link:  http://www.laemmle.com/blog/2015/5/dishonesty-the-truth-about-lies-qas-this-weekend/ 
iPhone and iPad users can purchase tickets using the third-party CineLife mobile app. You can also get tickets in person at the theater box office, or you can try to use the link below:
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What distinguishes peer pressure, public shaming, and verbal or cyber-bullying?

(I can't vouch for the quality and accuracy of the Web site, but it may still be thought-provoking.)
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