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Behavioral Finance ca. Several Thousand Years Ago

In the Yom Kippur service right after Kol Nidrei when you ask forgiveness in advance for future oaths you may not keep out of human fallibility, the next prayer people say is:

“And all the congregation of the children of Israel shall be forgiven, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; for all of them it was done in error.”

Some translations say ‘unwittingly’ in terms of ‘in error.’

Isn’t this acknowledgment of people making errors some early anticipation of neuroeconomic insight I mentioned a few entries earlier, where one of the proponents of behavioral finance said that neuroeconomics is “just a recognition that decision-making is not always perfect. People try to do the best they can, but they sometimes make mistakes.”?

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