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Skeptics are all too aware of the irrationality of human nature and society, and turn to critical thinking to live more happily. But could there be benefits from the commonplace irrationalities of everyday life? Cognitive psychologist and behavioral economist Dan Ariely argues that there are. This week on Skepticality, Swoopy talks with Professor Ariely (author of the New York Times bestseller Predictably Irrational) about his latest book, The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home. Find out how experiments illuminate the unexpected roles of irrational decision-making in daily life, and in shaping the world around us.
Show Notes

Date – February 22nd, 2011 read by Derek
Today's Science Shoutout provided by The Cheap Astronomer!
Today's guest is Professor Dan Ariely
Watch Professor Ariely's TED talk here
He has even presented at Burning Man

Skeptic History Notes– 
The Battle of Los Angeles took place in the early morning hours of February 25, 1942.
Like the Roswell UFO incident, its true cause was a balloon.
The modern vaccine/autism/MMR fraud began when 
Andrew Wakefield held a press conference on February 26, 1998.
Brian Deer’s investigations into Wakefield’s fraud began 
with a Sunday Times article published Feburary 22, 2004.
You can read daily Skeptic History facts on TwitterFacebook or FriendFeed.

Professor Ariely teaches Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University.
Arming the Donkeys is Professor Ariely's podcast on iTunes U
There is also a video podcast series for Predicably Irrational
You can sign up here to participate in Professor Ariely's ongoing studies.
Professor Ariely's team has created some interesting smart phone apps.
Having trouble making decisions? Try the Procrastinator app.
We all like compliments; try the Atta Boy app. (free) 
The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational are available everywhere.
You can follow Professor Ariely on Facebook and Twitter

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