Psychology and behavioral economics

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Why problems persist

“Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution." 

 Clay Shirky



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The 'natural' meme

It happens at least once a week: a patient who equates natural with beneficial. 

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Imagination at work

A wonderful thing, imagination, with the vast possibilities it allows. 


Nana Cindy, Bumpa Pooh and (Princess) Phoebe were enjoying a wonderful pretend picnic in her bedroom. Phoebe was describing in sometimes startling detail the preparations for the picnic when she started pantomiming, pouring a liquid on her hands, rubbing her palms together, and then applying it to her doll. We asked if she was using sunscreen, and she paused and looked thoughtful while she considered the question.

“No,” she said. “Moonscreen.”

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