January 2019 Philosophy Book of the Month: The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World by David Eagleman and Anthony Brandt
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What do you think of the book? I very much like the book.
I like the way Daniel Gilbert explains himself in plain, understandable language so that you do not need to be a professional scientist to understand. But I like that he at the same time actually provides sound scientific points and reasoning.
I found the topics discussed very interesting. I think Gilbert does a good job of explaining how people's ability to imagine what will make them happy fails.
I found it funny but accurate when Gilbert advised at the end that the best way to judge what will make us happy is by other people's experiences but acknowledged his advice will generally go untaken.
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It's obvious that Gilbert is using happiness in its psychological meaning and not the traditional philosophical/ethical meaning.