tags: Laurie Santos: How monkeys mirror human irrationality, logical errors, rational mistakes, consistent mistakes, human error, irrationality, brown capuchin monkeys, evolution, economics, Laurie Santos, TEDTalks, TED Talks, streaming video
A monkey economy is as irrational as our human economy. Why do people make irrational decisions in such a predictable way? Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. This video documents a clever series of experiments in "monkeynomics" showing how some of the silly choices we make are made by monkeys, too.
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