Plato and Behavioural economics

Text by Nick Romeo

Behavioural economics […] celebrated for identifying and analysing many of the core biases in human cognition.

Plato not only identified various specific weaknesses in human cognition, he also offered powerful proposals for how to overcome these biases and improve our reasoning and behaviour.

Plato’s dialogues dramatise the habits and processes that lead humans to false conclusions. He depicts people believing what they want or what they are predisposed to believe (confirmation bias); asserting whatever comes most readily to mind (availability bias); reversing their opinions about identical propositions based on the language in which the propositions are presented (framing); refusing to relinquish current opinions simply because these happen to be the opinions they currently possess (a cognitive version of loss aversion); making false inferences based on the size and representativeness of a sample of a broader population (representativeness heuristic); and judging new information based on salient current information (a version of anchoring).

Much more on Aeon.

Welcome To Quazarz

Shabazz Palaces released two albums, Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines.


Welcome To Quazarz Directed by Nep Sidhu.


The image above chosen to chaperone this song through its life’s is of the great American person Noah Davis renowned for his paintings

Of Time And The City

Of Time And The City, a love song and a eulogy by Terence Davies.

Featuring archive footage, classical music, and Davies’ own emotive voiceover, Of Time and the City is a powerful film about remembrance, religion and memory.

In-visibilité Ostentatoire

In-visibilité Ostentatoire Commissaire : Giscard Bouchotte.

Mario Benjamin, Florine Demosthene, Maksaens Denis, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Edouard Duval-Carrie, Adler Guerrier, Sasha Huber, Manuel Mathieu, Ronald Mevs, Michelange Quay, Henry Roy

L’exposition In-visibilité Ostentatoire, en référence aux silences assourdissants de l’Histoire, présente le travail d’une dizaine d’artistes qui explorent les non-dits sur des faits d’hier et d’aujourd’hui ou des événements que la mémoire a oublié ou choisi d’oublier. En relatant certains faits historiques passés sous silence à leur époque, elle évoque les mécanismes à l’oeuvre, les amnésies collectives ou les tabous sociaux qui influencent nos choix et nos silences. In-visibilité Ostentatoire donne aussi à voir le travail de certains artistes qui puisent leur inspiration dans le monde Invisible, celui des “mistè” (esprits) qui semblent tirer les ficelles de la réalité haïtienne. Ce monde invisible et son cohorte de croyances populaires est, pour nombre d’entre eux, une source d’inspiration. L’exposition explore l’”invisibilité ostentatoire” d’Haïti lors des grands rendez-vous internationaux, en insistant sur la visibilité de ce qui aurait dû être évident.

Reichardt mini-marathon

Old Joy, 2006. A display of patience; a journey into woods that closes out a chapter in a friendship.

Wendy and Lucy, 2008. Precarity, lack of foresight, luck.

Meek’s Cutoff, 2010. Myth, tall tales, no maps, some kind of faith and strong resolve shape a journey west.