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August 14, 2013

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Sorry that I have not (yet) read your book, but I am not sure we disagree that much. Most especially as you appear to have 'missed the point' of my piece in Slate. Or at least one of the points. I say "when nudges let people align the outcomes of their decisions with what they really want to achieve, the nudge effectively enhances autonomy." This is precisely what you suggest - that when our intentions are aligned, the nudge just lets us achieve our life objectives rather than fail miserably (ask anyone who has been on a diet plan....)

No need to apologize, and thank you for commenting. True, we don't disagree on that specific aspect of nudges (as I noted above when I quoted you), but that doesn't get to my main point, which was that most nudges are not voluntarily chosen by the people subject to them, but rather apply to all, who had no choice in the matter (whether they would have chosen them or not).

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