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Jonah Lehrer: Inside My Mind

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Michaelis Avatar
Posted: 01.28.11, 08:30 PM
Gnarlodious? i applaud you...
jimec Avatar
Posted: 09.26.10, 06:30 AM
And just in case you haven't worked it out already - don't eat any of the breakfast cereals you see in the supermarket - they are all bad for you!
jimec Avatar
Posted: 09.23.10, 06:15 AM
It would be important to make a connection here with the work of Reuven Feuerstein - a clinical psychologist who has been talking about how to teach meta-cognitive skills since the 1950's and has developed a comprehensive theory and accompanying programs for doing this; also good is Nyborg's "Curriculum for the teaching of Basic Conceptual Systems (BCS) and related Basic Concepts in kindergarten and primary school" - teaching metacognition in kindy - imagine that! we would be able to say that the 21st century has actually arrived!!! unfortunately I think that it is still some way away...
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Stephen Beville
Posted: 09.02.10, 07:12 PM
Brilliant guy and talk. The study of neuroscience as it is related to decision making is an emerging area. Contrary to some of the critics on here, I thought Lehrer cited enough scientific studies and provided enough methodogical detail without loosing the audience. Well worth the time!
sovereignself Avatar
Posted: 11.25.09, 05:59 PM
"you can only have one question" ...control freak...
wsoutherland Avatar
Posted: 11.22.09, 04:13 PM
I hate the part where he says be a "satisfizer" instead of a "maximizer." How do you quantify happiness? How boring would life be if everyone were so easy to satisfy?
yokoross Avatar
Posted: 10.30.09, 02:35 PM
I would like to better understand 2 point of this talk and if anybody can explain it would be very helpfull: did the fireman escape the fire 2.the experiment on buddhist monk Thanks
DTM Avatar
Posted: 09.03.09, 03:41 AM
Good ideas, just needs some science to back it up Giving a small section of people a task like "choosing the best car" can only be used as a first step at best.. Perhaps as an indicator to decide if it's worthwhile investigating these theories in depth.
Gnarlodious Avatar
Posted: 03.30.09, 08:47 AM
I get the point. You will be much more fulfilled as a dumpster-diver than a shopper. From the dawn of humanity, we were content to forage and be happy with what we glean from the environment. As consumeristic Americans, we learned that we have "Freedom of Choice", and as such are confronted with warehouses of products hardly any of which we actually need. This dichotomy comes into stark focus for me, a poor person who scavenges for food. Through some blessing of providence, I can create a masterpiece of a meal with whatever I scrounge up that day, no recipies required. On the opposite extreme, armies of good consumers march to the supermarket with recipe lists spending money on what they need to create a masterpiece. But I know what they serve up, boring suburban meals that cost too much and support the agribusiness-retail complex. And then they complain about how food costs too much. It's just that, as powerful humans we have created abundance and now suffer at the hands of our own creation. We were happier when we had to adapt to our environment, not control it. And we still complain about what we cannot change, but that is a result of our neurosis rather than actual discomfort.
buffman Avatar
Posted: 03.03.09, 11:03 AM
@WakinWallace - You're an idiot. This was an interview about his book, not a lecture. Read the book and get your facts straight.

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