It’s Monday Punday! Every Monday, I’ll post an awesome pun (awesome, because if you don’t love puns, you may want to never read this blog again) and give you a quick rundown of the science behind it. Enjoy!
A mathematical neuroscientist (read: studies how the brain works by using math) named Jonathan Touboul wanted to know why hipsters who are all trying to look different end up looking the same.
He came up with a math equation explaining why suddenly you looked around and saw that everyone else was riding a fixie bike too. The equation shows that by the time hipsters realize they’re doing the same thing as everyone else, the thing has become a trend. Which means they have to move on if they want to keep being a legit hipster. Sounds exhausting.
Basically, you snooze, you lose, my bearded friends. So what’s all this good for besides proving that you are unique, just like everyone else? Touboul says that his equation can be used to study they way people make decisions about things like investing in the stock market.
You do you. But don’t be surprised when “you doing you” starts to look a lot like what everyone else is doing.
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Want to read the whole scientific paper? Get your nerd on here.