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Dan Gilbert TEDTalks

Dan Gilbert

Mar 2014

Gilbert, a Harvard psychologist, presents a talk on what he calls the “end of history illusion”. He believes that much in the same way as humans can be deceived by optical illusions, so too can we be deceived on what will make us happy in our future. He speculates that we are not as capable of predicting what will lead us to our own bliss as we think we are.

Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished. The person you are right now is as transient, as fleeting and as temporary as all the people you’ve ever been. The one constant in our life is change.

Dan Gilbert: The psychology of your future self