1. Motivation Hacking vs. Temptation Bundling

    I enjoyed listening to Stepehn Dubner’s Freakonomics interview with Katherine Milkman; in it they talk about “temptation bundling,” a term that Milkman and her co-authors describe as coupling “wants” with “shoulds”:

    Temptation bundling involves the coupling of instantly gratifying “want” activities (e.g., watching the next episode of a …

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  2. The Metaphors of Privilege

    Privilege is often understood by way of metaphor. Like any tool, a given metaphor is apt for some tasks more so than others. Even so, “when you only have a hammer everything looks like a nail.” Hence, it’s worth considering the merits of metaphors related to privilege.

    privilege as …
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  3. A Cultural History of Privilege

    The notion of privilege, an unearned advantage relative to and perhaps at the expense of others, first arose in the context of class and racism in America. In 1920, sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois observed how “the discovery of personal whiteness among the world’s peoples is a very …

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