June 4, 2012
"We can’t help but look at life retrospectively, and we want it to look good in retrospect. There was once an experiment in which the subjects were supposed to evaluate the life of a fictitious woman who had had a very happy life but then died in an accident. Astonishingly, whether she died at 30 or 60 had no effect whatsoever on their evaluation. But when the subjects were told that the woman had had 30 happy years followed by five that were no so happy, the scores got worse. Or imagine a scientist who has made an important discovery, a happy and successful man, and after his death it turns out that the discovery was false and isn’t worth anything. It spoils the entire story even though absolutely nothing about the scientist’s life has changed. But now you feel pity for him."

Psychologist Daniel Kahneman discussing the powers and limitations of intuition, and how our “experiencing self” is often a slave to our “remembering self”.

Full interview: The Pitfalls of Intuition and Memory

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