In the U.S. today, we invest over $6T/year in solutions to social problems. We fund thousands of social programs and charities, but we don't know which interventions work the best. We're spending billions on evaluation, but we're not systematically learning why some programs work and others don't.
Even today, many academics and pundits still insist that money matters less to political outcomes than ordinary citizens think, even as business executives throw down mind-boggling sums to dine with politicians and Super Pacs spring up like mushrooms.
The goal is to provide a product for the visually impaired, and DA is successful in that regard. But it also does something else: It allows for private porn consumption in public.
Rather than a BIG THING that happens to everyone, ego-depletion may be a small thing that MIGHT happen to SOME people (but NOT many others), SOMETIMES, under the right conditions, but NOT others.
When the connection between you and the other person is tenuous, as it was between myself and this woman, both parties know there's a pretty good chance this will be the only conversation the two will ever have with one another. You will meet, talk briefly about your jobs or the weather, part ways, and then, in the long run, live the rest of your lives and die without ever speaking again.
There is no question that the Star Wars of the 1990s and 2000s were bad if not terrible. However, you might love Star Wars more today because those movies exist. And you may even love Star Wars more directly because those movies were terrible.