Posted on 04/08/2022 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

You surely wonder, multiple times a day, why we humans do certain things.

A new book called Hidden Games: The Surprising Power of Game Theory to Explain Irrational Human Behavior won't translate the reasoning behind everything you wonder about.

But it does tackle one question that has bubbled near the surface of our consciousness, as we've sampled so many more cooking traditions besides the ones we grew up on.

Why is it that certain cultures embrace spicy food while others play it much safer?

And why is garlic in everything? (That isn't a complaint, to be clear. Just a question.)

MIT economists Moshe Hoffman and Erez Yoeli answer those questions in this excerpt of Hidden Games, which comes courtesy of Literary Hub.

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