Detail of Pieter Bruegel the elder’s Luilekkerland
(featured image: Het Luilekkerland, Pieter Bruegel the elder, Wikimedia Commons/PD)

A large number of small amounts

Our intuition struggles to correctly interpret the combination of very large and very small numbers

Koen Smets
6 min readFeb 2, 2024

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The medieval mythical land of Cockaigne, graphically represented by Pieter Bruegel the Elder in his 1567 painting, Het Luilekkerland (literally, the “lazy-tasty land”), is a nice example of humanity’s yearning for an existence in which we can…

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Koen Smets

Accidental behavioural economist in search of wisdom. Uses insights from (behavioural) economics in organization development. On Twitter as @koenfucius