Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Food for thought.

I read this book recently. It confirms what I have always believed about happiness, but says it so much better than I ever could.

Another excellent read  - a treatise on the way we make judgments and decisions. We feel that our choices and decisions are reasoned and logical, but it turns out that this often is an illusion.

Here is a quote:
"Our comforting conviction that the world makes sense, rests on a secure foundation: our almost unlimited ability to ignore our ignorance."

And lastly, some TED talks that I viewed in the past week and that I can recommend:

Dan Ariely on how we make decisions - nicely fits in with Kahneman's book above.

Dawkins on why our universe seems so strange. It is because we  live in Middle World!

Brian Greene on the multiverse. Now you can understand it too! Or perhaps not.

Jane McGonigal on living 10 years longer. Although it seems to be about video games (which I am not into), the message is universal and can be applied to your life  even if you do not play a single video game ever.  I really enjoyed it.


Linda Sue said...

Oh goody something else to make me glad- I have watched nearly everything Dawkins and saw the Jane talk, now I have to check out the others. LOVE the mud cloth beneath the magic object! I hope that Snous had special birthday treats!
YAY Obama! just so relieved!!!

Leenie said...

Hey, thanks for the heads up on some new reading and TED talks. I'm always open for info like that. I really like the titles of both books.