marshmallows

It’s just so great that there’s an article out there titled “Rational Snacking.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/12/magazine/we-didnt-eat-the-marshmallow-the-marshmallow-ate-us.html?src=rechp&_r=0

Stated like that, the proposition sounds absurd, yet the notion that deep within us is a switch that determines the course of our entire lives is so seductive that it’s hard to distract ourselves with the caveats. It’s hard to keep from overextrapolating from a study that drew its subjects from a relatively homogeneous group of children of academics. It’s hard to remember that, even if the marshmallow study and others like it are completely accurate and reproducible across wide ranges of populations, an ability to resist temptation is one factor among many that shapes our lives. 

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