Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Is synthetic happiness authentic?

Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy?

TED talk from 2004

I am preparing a talk on REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies) that I will be giving in Philadelphia next week. Instead of my initial thought to present definitions and case studies, I decided to talk about risk perception, evolutionary reasons for it, and the ethics of risk mitigation. In chasing some of the sources for facts and factoids, I came upon this fascinating talk. Enjoy! 

Oh, and check out minute 9...

Nancy Etcoff's TED 2004 talk on happiness vs. absence of misery -- also awesome! She makes a great argument for synthesizing happiness.

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