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A hint that social media tells marketers something about you.

Dan Goldstein at Decision Science News and Shared Goel at Messy Matters recently presented data that suggest knowing what your friends like is predictive of what you like. The post is worth checking out: We measured the extent to which your friends’ behavior predicts your own, and found that in

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How much money do you need to buy happiness in your city?

Check out this “Real Time Economics” Blog post in the WSJ that estimates the amount of money you need to earn to make you happy in various cities. Although happiness is “attainable” in Denver at $75,750, you need $93,000 in Boulder. Boulder is a bargain, however, compared to the $163,500

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What does a 40% chance of rain really mean?

Last week at Ignite Boulder,  Joel Gratz (@gratzo), a famous Boulder meteorologist and creator of weather websites for winter sports enthusiasts (coloradopowderforecast.com) and summer sports enthusiasts (dontgetzapped.com), gave a talk, “Hire a Meteorologist, Not a Stock Broker.”  He argued that meteorologists are more accurate  than you might think (and certainly

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Guest post by Caleb Warren: Humor is more (and less) than incongruity

What makes things funny?  Most think that humor has something to do with incongruity. Incongruity can mean that something is unexpected, like a cloud that farts pistachios. One critic of our recent paper argues forcefully that humor results from this type of incongruity: Another swing-and-a-miss from eggheads trying to explain

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The BBC wants to know what makes things funny.

Last week, the BBC World Service Radio rang me up and asked me what makes things funny. They also included a very funny comedian, Alonzo Bodden, on the call. You can listen to the entire thing by clicking the link below. Try to ignore my heavy breathing (I was excited).

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What is the most universal type of humor?

The folks at Big Questions Online asked me the question:  “What is the Most Universal Type of Humor?” Here is an excerpt of my answer: My colleague Caleb Warren and I believe that the most universal forms of humor are play fighting and tickling. Our theory, the “benign violation theory,”

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Podcast - Solo

The Game Of Life

  Peter McGraw is not afraid to invite his friends into the studio. This week’s episode features two new voices to the podcast: Sarah Stinson

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Podcast - I'm Not Joking

Curtain Call

  Welcome to the final episode of I’M NOT JOKING. Comedian JD Lopez returns from Episode 1 to debrief and reflect on Peter’s experience building

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