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July 3, 2010

Equal time: Clifford Marsiglio responds to Dan Ariely's "Save Your Own Life"

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At this time yesterday I posted a recent essay by Ariely, the eminent Duke University professor of behavioral economics and visiting professor at MIT's Media Laboratory.

From the heartland (Bloomington, Indiana) came a dissenting view from the man known to constant readers as clifyt, concluding, "Bad decisions lead to living. We are human, and we are irrational. Force someone to be rational, you are forcing them to be something they are not. When you stop being human, you stop living. I'd rather be human and dead than something else and alive...."

I must say that last sentence provides much to ponder.

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money.

Posted by: onedrop | Jul 4, 2010 2:36:07 AM

Yeah, but I was human makin' my very human decision all the way up to the point I was dead...

Posted by: clifyt | Jul 4, 2010 1:21:55 AM

But if you are dead you are no longer human either. The key is to live your life as you would wish it, listen to your heart/soul and let them govern you for otherwise you risk loosing your humanity.

Posted by: Joel Ordesky | Jul 3, 2010 10:02:27 PM

Very true!

I believe we are "hardwired" to defy, challenge, revolt, and more... deep, deep inside.

Only some variation of "common sense" keeps our stability.

Posted by: Joe Peach | Jul 3, 2010 7:00:06 PM

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