We live in a world of imperfect and costly information, and people seek to economize on information costs in a variety of ways. If we don't take that fact into account, we risk misidentifying and confusing one type of human behavior with another. Let's look at it.

Ralph ReilandI don’t write a self-help column, or about household hints, but here’s a warning about how I flew out the bathtub a few days ago.

Warriors on Terror must be thanking their lucky stars for "Top Secret America and its 854,000 workers": given bureaucrats' legendary incompetence and sloth, it will probably take that many to manufacture a case against their newest trophy. Zachary Chesser is a 20-year-old Islamic convert from Oakton, Virginia. He's also a "homegrown terrorist" so ferocious that when he and his wife set out to join an Islamic army in Somalia, his mother-in-law stymied their plans by swiping her daughter's passport.

Emily Dickinson spoke to her time as well as ours when she penned this penetrating line:

Charlie St Cloud posterEverything about Burr Steven’s Charlie St. Cloud is predictable, except for the spiritual gravity and Christian undertones, rendering an otherwise teen “chick flick” a worthwhile expenditure. Based on a 2004 Ben Sherwood novel, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, Charlie St. Cloud is a film about the consequences of a single promise.