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Buying Experiences, Not Possessions, Leads To Greater Happiness: Can money make us happy if we spend it on the right purchases? A new psychology study suggests that buying life experiences rather than material possessions leads to greater happiness for both the consumer and those around them.…
Historians Reassess Battle of Agincourt - NYTimes.com "Agincourt's status as perhaps the greatest victory against overwhelming odds in military history -- and a keystone of the English self-image -- has been called into doubt by a group of historians in Britain and France who have painstakingly…
Extremely readable OA paper in PNAS, Behavioral experiments on biased voting in networks: Many distributed collective decision-making processes must balance diverse individual preferences with a desire for collective unity. We report here on an extensive session of behavioral experiments on biased…
Setshot: Basketball for the Aging and Infirm: "Worse than he thinks": Self-image versus ability "To me, the worst players to run with (aside from the belligerent and insane) are those with drastically inflated self-images. You know these players. They're the ones who think that they're the best on…