When it comes to shopping, wanting things makes people happier than actually having them
The theory boils down to this: There is no way, visually, to know that Brillo Boxes is a work of art. So, the Brillo Boxes mark the moment when art became philosophy. You cannot look at the Brillo Boxes without asking the question, â€œWhat makes this art?â€
What do you get when you cross a dyslexic, an agnostic and an insomniac?
Someone who stays awake all night wondering whether there is a dog.
Sue told us that when she met Lucy, she was blown away by the incongruity of it all. Like for instance, every time she would walk in the house, Lucy would just walk casually into the kitchen and search through the cupboard for the kind a tea she wanted that day, and put some water in a kettle and put it on the stove and make us tea. But it was the casualness with which she did it, the kind of air about it that yes, I’m making tea, and I would like you to have some too. Because tea is what we do. When we meet new people, we have tea.
Oh yeah. Lucy is a chimpansee
What really motivates us:
* for purely mechanical tasks, incentives work
* for cognitive tasks, incentives lead to worse performance
Why we think thereâ€™s a Multiverse, not just our Universe
When a nonfiction author decides to write a book, she starts hunting for a story and writes up a book proposal. When a celebrity decides to pen her memoirs, she calls her agent.