Varol also notes that the engineers all eat peanuts. Why peanuts? A previous team a long time ago ate peanuts during a successful mission. This group of math-heavy and data-driven engineers do it for luck. They’re also very superstitious, wearing “lucky” pieces of clothing to launches.
This was a very interesting read Erik! We definitely need to rejoice at uncertainty. At the end of the day, it’s one of the few life’s constants.
This part about engineers eating peanuts made me smile. That’s funny! I think I actually saw astronauts once in those space videos eating peanuts before (with the peanuts floating around, of course) – haha! Never realized why that was until now.
I actually wrote about how superstition influences our decision making since I actually find it fascinating. We try to control uncertainty, but we are always at its mercy at the end of the day!
Thanks for sharing all the great research.