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Dan Ariely asks whether we're really in control of our decisions:

By Ezra Klein  |  July 22, 2010; 12:52 PM ET
 
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One annoying thing is that each TED clip starts with the same audio snippet of an audience clapping. I've watched enough of them that it's become apparent and annoying.

Posted by: bdballard | July 22, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

This has obvious implications for policy making.

We'll just offer up Cap & Trade and Cap & Trade with a Coffee Tax and that'll help us beat Do-Nothing.

Posted by: cstar | July 22, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"We'll just offer up Cap & Trade and Cap & Trade with a Coffee Tax and that'll help us beat Do-Nothing."

This point is hilarious to me because I have talked to people I know who are interested in creating a Carbon Tax but are waiting for Cap and Trade to play itself out. My question back in the day (probably about a year ago) was whether they should push for the Carbon Tax and Cap and Trade simultaneously as a means of seeming to eliminate the Do-Nothing option. I believe I phrased my proposition as something like "creating a new floor" for the carbon issue.

The Carbon Taxers' response was "No", but I can't remember exactly why. I think it had to do with not wanting to step on the toes of the Cap and Traders. Honestly, though, while I'd like to think that my strategery was the better one, I don't know jack about their world, and they're probably right about it being a bad strategy.

Posted by: slag | July 22, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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