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Today’s TED Talk, Dan Gilbert on our mistaken expectations

25 August, 2009 (17:17) | hitch | By: hitch

Well, I was going to regale you with how cool this one video about gecko tails was and all about intradisciplinary study and how it’s amazingly important.

And then I saw this talk – and remembered once again that what I really find fascinating is our brains and how we think, especially when we get it wrong. And we do. All the time.

It can sometimes seem impossible that we ever manage to make a correct choice. And yet, most of the time our gut judgment on what choices we should make are good enough to get by.

But what is it about how our brains are wired that causes this? What are the heuristics that shape our worldviews? This talk by Dan Gilbert touches on a lot of those topics – even to the point that some of the audience members call into question some of his own assumptions. This is the first of what I suspect will be many talks I share on this topic, as it’s a subject that I find particularly interesting and we’re really only touching the tip of the iceberg here. Hm. I wonder if Bruce Schnier has given a TED Talk? I’ll have to go check on that.

Dan Gilbert on our mistaken expectations

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