Peter T Leeson

Duncan Black Professor of Economics and Law, George Mason University

Author of the award-winning The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates and, most recent, WTF?! An Economic Tour of the Weird. Big Think listed him among “Eight of the Word’s Top Young Economists.”

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Why the trial by ordeal was actually an effective test of guilt

Peter T Leeson

Great comments/questions from everyone! How did they rig the water tests? Were priests non-believers? What about priests’ interest in ordeal outcomes? Who really believed in God? What about criminals figuring it out? The answers to these questions, and many more, are contained in my new book, which came out today: WTF?! An Economic Tour of the Weird. If you’re curious, I hope you’ll check it out. And thanks so much again for your posts!

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