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Just War

Nobody asked but … It takes more than one side to make a just war.  But is it possible for two warring sides both to have just causes?  Can both sides be on the footing of self-defense?  I have been on a War & Peace binge lately.  But no matter the legitimacy of Russia’s defense, how does one justify Napolean’s march to, or sacking of, Moscow?  The warmonger will say that Russia’s previous decision to defend itself in the lands of its allies, justified Napolean’s decision to eliminate Russia’s war capability.  It’s an Ouroboros. — Kilgore Forelle Read the full thing

Cognitive Bias #1 — Anchoring

Anchoring is a cognitive bias that we encounter in every negotiation, even with the snooze bar on our morning alarm clock. A common example would be the case where an employee asks her boss for a raise. The negotiation will then take place in the range between the current compensation and the ask or the offer, whichever comes first. Politicians take advantage of this cognitive bias among their constituents. Read the full thing