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August 15, 2003

irrational greed   (quote)

You can short-circuit the two or three neurons that people use for common sense by appealing to their greed. Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion. You can use this quirk of human nature to your advantage and it won't cost you a dime.
  -Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle, ch. title "Machiavellian Methods"

Posted by yargevad at August 15, 2003 03:00 PM

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