Blog Log #5

1. Choices Worth Having: “How people make decisions and how people should make decisions.”

This is a blog by Barry Schwartz, a “professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College.  He is the author of numerous journal articles, as well as books such as The Costs of Living, The Paradox of Choice, Learning and Memory, and The Battle for Human Nature.”  The approach here seems influenced by behavioral economics and psychology.  The content looks at irrational influences of decisions as well as perverse incentives of more rational decisions.  It updates weekly with substantial, interesting posts.

The author giving a talk on the paradox of choice:

2. Cognition & Culture.  A blog by the International Cognition and Culture Institute.  Provides posts by various contributors on diverse scientific topics (e.g. psychology, linguistics, cognitive anthropology) and related news (even calls for papers).  Many posts explore the relationships between cognition (or perception) and language.

3. Cognitive Daily: “A cognitive psychology article nearly every day.”  This blog has recently shut down, but the information is still up.  The site claims to report on fascinating peer-reviewed developments in cognition.  There are certainly some interesting posts here.

4. Concurring Opinions: “the law, the universe, and everything.”  Blog with contributions from various law professors offering commentary on contemporary news and issues.  Multiple updates daily.

5. Consumer Law and Policy Blog.  In its words, “The contributors to this blog are a diverse group of lawyers and law professors who practice, teach, or write about consumer law and policy.”  The content of this blog, like the last, is mostly commentary on news and issues, but here it is restricted to consumer law and policy.  Pieces here are rather interesting, including a recent post offering commentary on Posner’s position on consumer protection from predatory lending.

6. Daniel Gilbert: “Stumbling on Happiness.”  An infrequently updated blog by Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert.  Posts are lengthy and thoughtful, including an interesting one entitled “Compassionate Commercialism” on the tension between tolerating (i.e. protecting freedom of) pernicious speech and protecting the mind from detrimental content.

— Jeff —

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