In this particular instance, your assertion was that it be human nature.

I think I prefer the accusation of sloppy language over that of inappropriate projection, however inevitable it may be! :-)

What I meant to say was that I observe people acting in a particular way. I hold up my hand to incorrectly tagging this as human nature — as you say, it’s social mores at best, and a mindless habit at worst.

I believe that observation can be made without any projection: the point is not why people prefer getting a bottle of wine over getting a £20 note as a gift, but the observation that they act as if it is to be preferred.

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

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