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That's the first time I've seen Bill Breit's name in a long time. I took History of Economic Thought from him at Trinity back in the late 1980s. What a great man. Sure miss him.

If Leeson is reminiscent of Spearman, that's reason enough to read him. Glad I stumbled here!

There's a paper on game theory in there, too. I have read that monks didn't so much believe in the curses but took advantage of the fact that the superstitious did. For example, when judges couldn’t find enough evidence to decide a case, they might ask the accused to put their arm into a caldron of water that they had cursed and tell them that if innocent the water wouldn’t hurt them but if guilty the water would destroy the person’s arm. The water was in fact luke warm, but the judges knew that the accused were usually superstitious and would believe that they could curse the water. So if the accused willingly put their arm into the water, the judge could assume innocence. It was very much like Solomon’s uncovering the prostitute who claimed another woman’s baby.

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