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The Tell by Matthew Hertenstein

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INTRODUCTION

Every day is fraught with questions, some trivial, others monumental: Where should I go for dinner tonight? Who should I vote for to lead my city, state, and country? Is the person I want to ask out on a date interested in men or women? How will I choose my future spouse? How bright is the person I’m interviewing for a job? Is the person I see in an alley likely to assault me or help me if I trip and fall? Did my spouse just work late last night, or am I being deceived? Is my infant going to develop autism?

Unfortunately, we must often answer these questions without all the information we’d like. Our interactions with others are sometimes ephemeral, like the path of a leaf falling to the ground. As a result, we base our decisions ...

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