COVID-19 Challenges Negative Specialness

Social distancing is, hopefully, working to reduce the number of people who will get seriously ill and die from COVID-19. But it's going to need to go on a lot longer. The isolation, essential as it may be, may have mental health consequences worse than the physical threat. With no end in sight, we working parents are exhausted, beleaguered, and at times hysterical.

Does Data Drive Behavioral Change?

Even when we know the truth, it may not change our behavior. This is largely due to prioritization. We weigh, often unconsciously, the trade-off of changing behavior or staying the same based on what is in it for us. Combine an irrational sense of our own strengths and infallibility, and we often do not change when we should.