most people, including me, grew up peeling a banana from the stem down. However, the stem makes a better handle, and the other end is actually easier to peel, so peeling the banana from the other end is strategically dominant. Indeed, this is what banana-experts (monkeys) do. The implication is that some traditions we take for granted are suboptimal.
That insight comes from my Yale colleague, Barry Nalebuff. It’s reported by Falkenblog, and the full post is worth reading. Here is another excellent sentence:
At the end of the day most really great economic ideas aren’t derived through the formalism of abstruse mathematics, but rather, finding an important parochial problem and solving it, and then fortuitously finding out it has general relevance.