Archive | May, 2006

Restrooms: Hot Water, Size and Mirrors

Restrooms are an area of interest, as they are often the subject of subtle manipulations. An example occurred a couple of years ago, when some discoteques started disabling the cold water faucets in the restrooms. Why would you do this, you may ask? I heard two possible, related explanations. One is that it is a […]

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Meeting New People

Arguably, one of the central reasons for going to bars and discoteques is not only to party with your friends, but also to meet new people, particularly those of the opposite gender (or the same gender, if you are gay). How does this take place? The classical instance of contact initiation is when a guy […]

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Game Theory in the Real World

Title: Behavioral Game Theory: Experiments in Strategic Interaction Author: Colin F. Camerer Genre: Academic/game theory Readability: Scientific Game theory is the formalised study of strategic interaction, and was first started back in the 1960s – one of the better known theorists within the field is John Nash, who is portrayed in the movie A Beautiful […]

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The Selfish Gene – A Classic

Title: The Selfish Gene Author: Richard Dawkins Genre: Popular Science/evolutionary biology and genetics Readability: Excellent Approximately ten years ago, The Selfish Gene started me off on a voyage of intellectual discovery into a field that I am still fascinated with, namely evolutionary biology. It is the perfect popular science introduction to the subject of genes, […]

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