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Discussion of Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

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Discussion of Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

Post by Scott » May 12th, 2009, 6:58 pm

Please use this thread to discuss the May book of the month, Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert. If you have not read the book, please do and then come back to discuss it.

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.

What do you think?
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Re: Discussion of Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

Post by maxster » May 13th, 2009, 10:31 am

>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.

It's obvious that Gilbert is using happiness in its psychological meaning and not the traditional philosophical/ethical meaning.

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