five minutes fast

Dear Mark,

That is a big “if”.
Economists frequently explain
eccentric behaviour with
a model of two
rational agents
in one body,
battling to
outwit each other.

To summarise:
you have a split personality,
a warped view of time and
are too lazy to do
simple sums.

Now put down this magazine:
I suspect you are
running late for
something.

— Tim Harford, Five Minutes Fast (excerpt), Dear Economist column, Financial Times Magazine, 20 Jan 2007. Response to a question about setting one’s watch five minutes fast.

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