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The Neuroscience Behind Bad Decisions

Photo of a variety of colorful donuts by Pablo Alfieri for Quanta Magazine

"The brain is a battleground where precision and efficiency are opponents."

It appears that the way our brains are wired to compare choices sometimes can make it difficult for us to make good choices (seems pretty obvious when you look around at our world). And it seems this may be due to how ravenously energy hungry our brains are, leading them to optimize for efficiency over precision, sometimes at the cost of good decisions.

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Reading: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le CarréStill the best spy novel I've ever read, primarily because le Carré gives the story all the room and time it needs to unwind gracefully.

There are moments that are made of too much stuff for them to be lived at the time they occur.

Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1974

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Enjoying: Life in the Rockies

When we awoke this morning, the sky was mostly clear and it looked like we were headed for another scorching hot day (this has been the hottest July I've ever experienced here, day after day after day in the low 100s or high 90s). But then these gorgeous scalloped clouds formed out of nowhere, covering the whole sky, and keeping the temperature from rising so fast. So grateful!

Beautiful scalloped clouds

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Woodworking: Windtraveler shoji lamp

My current project is in the shape of the Catalan deltoidal hexecontahedron, which is made up of 60 deltoid-shaped faces.

Thinking about my next lamp: a deltoidal hexecontahedron

I really love the deltoid shape. I like the way you can put three of these deltoids together to form a triangle, or five of them together to form a pentagon, or 60 to form a deltoidal hexecontahedron.

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