Despite our intentions, why do we so often fail to act in our own best interest? Why do we promise to skip the chocolate cake, only to find ourselves drooling our way into temptation when the dessert tray rolls around? Why do we overvalue things that we’ve worked to put together? What are the forces that influence our behavior? Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University, is dedicated to answering these questions and others in order to help people live more sensible – if not rational–lives.Via Open Culture, Ariely will offer a course--"A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior"--starting next spring, and I've signed up for it. It's completely free, if you don't count the 7-10 hours per week required. His blog notes that he is a "founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight." Boy, that's what I need! HINDSIGHT!!
Monday, November 12, 2012
Welcome to Dan Ariely
I found a new blog that's fascinating: Dan Ariely. It's now on the right-hand side of XE's home page in Blogs I Love. Ariely's "short bio" says,