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    Harnessing laziness to do good

    Opt-out systems can increase organ donation, financial success


    Laziness can be a good thing

    If we are too lazy to take action by purchasing or selling mutual fund shares based on our current enthusiasm or pessimism about the stock market, we will probably be better off financially.

    If we are too lazy to sign up for retirement or organ donation, the opt-out system allows us and our society to be better off; we are less likely to be a burden on our fellow citizens by requiring poverty assistance in our old age and less likely to die a preventable death because there are no organs available for donation.


    1. Don’t touch my money, just hold my hand. The Wall Street Journal. June 10, 2017.
    2. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-08-23/how-opt-out-keeps-peo...
    3. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/14/wales-deemed-consent-org...

    Peter J. McDonnell, MD
    He is director of The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and chief medical editor of ...

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