Stumbling on Happiness – @SciBookChat – January 2014 Book

stumbling on happiness

@SciBookChat is starting in 2014. We, being myself (@popsciguyoz), and Lisa Bailey (@lisushi) from Royal Institute Australia (RiAus) will be running the book club over twitter and hope to chat to many people around the world about science books! Our first book, which we will talking about on the 6th of January, 2014 at 8:30pm Australian EDT. I hope to see you online then!

I have started an Eventbrite event. Please join it!

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

  • Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink?
  • Why will sighted people pay more to avoid going blind than blind people will pay to regain their sight?
  • Why do dining companions insist on ordering different meals instead of getting what they really want?
  • Why do pigeons seem to have such excellent aim; why can’t we remember one song while listening to another; and why does the line at the grocery store always slow down the moment we join it?

In this brilliant, witty, and accessible book, renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. Vividly bringing to life the latest scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, Gilbert reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future, and about our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there. With penetrating insight and sparkling prose, Gilbert explains why we seem to know so little about the hearts and minds of the people we are about to become.

The Science Book Chat Book Club (@scibookchat) meet on the first Monday of every month on TWITTER at 8:30pm AEDT. Follow @scibookchat and the hashtag #scibook for announcements on upcoming book selections. Hosted by Lisa Bailey (@lisushi) and George Aranda (@popsciguyoz). Come on down and join us. Tell us if you loved the book, hated it, or even didn’t get a chance to finish it!

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