What Makes You Happy
Daniel Kahneman’s TED Talk confirms Sir Roger’s deep and lengthy investigations into the nature of happiness. Has anyone ever asked you, “are you having fun?” and you replied, “I dunno, I guess so…maybe…” and then days or years later, when you recall that experience, you think, “Damn that was fun!” as if you had been having fun but didn’t appreciate it at the time because, you know, you were too busy having the experience?
In his lectures, Sir Roger tells his audiences that people are three things above all: Meaning-Making Machines, Story-Making Machines, and Complaint-Making Machines. When the facts and events manifest themselves contrary to our personal Theory of the World (or what we usually call “Ther Truth”) do we adjust our theory? What? How can you adjust Ther Truth? No, our theory, our Truth Theorem, can’t be wrong, by definition. Therefore and ergo, it’s The World that is wrong. And so is born the Complaint.
As Douglass Adams said, “In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.”
In any case Sir Roger is happy (in retrospect and recollection) to have had his own Truth Theorem validated by a man of Kahneman’s stature.
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Posted: 2 March, 2010 in Australian Values, fun, Life, values, Video.
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