Tuesday assorted links
21 March 2023 | 4:12 pm

1. Is the human brain just a matter of scale?  For a while now, I’ve thought that whales might be smarter than we are.  And how do sperm whales talk to each other? 2. North Korean missile silo developments. 3. Gavin Leech surveys the “insane” who have blogged a lot and for a long time. […]

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Time Passages
21 March 2023 | 11:25 am

Here’s an interesting idea it wouldn’t have occured to me to ask. What is the length of time described in the average 250 words of narration and how has this changed over time? Most famously James Joyce’s “Ulysses” is a long novel about single day with many pages describing brief experiences in minute detail. In […]

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Complexity and time
21 March 2023 | 5:02 am

We provide experimental evidence that core intertemporal choice anomalies — including extreme short-run impatience, structural estimates of present bias, hyperbolicity and transitivity violations — are driven by complexity rather than time or risk preferences. First, all anomalies also arise in structurally similar atemporal decision problems involving valuation of iteratively discounted (but immediately paid) rewards. These […]

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