There’s an old cliche that gets trotted out at weddings. It’s not politically correct, but it always gets some laughs. “A woman marries a man hoping he’ll change and become the incredible husband she knows he can be–and then he doesn’t. And a man marries a woman hoping that she’ll always be the girl he fell in love with and never change–and then she does.” Or something like that. Put the gender considerations aside for a moment. The saying is getting at something fundamental about human nature. We change too much and not enough. On this site, we probably overemphasize…
Definitely worth 11 minutes:
And if you’re in need of an afternoon chuckle, look no further than The Onion’s “Newborn Loses Faith In Humanity After Record 6 Days.”
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely hit an anthropological home run in the Wall Street Journal this past weekend with “Why We Lie,” a preview of his ridiculously well-titled upcoming book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves. (You can watch the Predicatably Irrational author’s wonderful TED talk here). What Ariely and his team of researchers have uncovered will come as no surprise to those familiar with the New Testament: everyone lies, everyone is both perpetrator and victim in this respect, lying is primarily an emotional phenomenon (as opposed to a rational one), the basis of which is…
A delightful little TED presentation from one of the main researchers behind Brooks’ Social Animal. His endearing conclusion mirrors much of our own hopes in drawing such regular attention to human limitations, ht DT:
The book that Ariely is speaking from is Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions.
A wonderfully relevant passage from David Brooks’ terrific book The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, ht NM:
Epistemology is the study of how we know what we know. Epistemological modesty is the knowledge of how little we know and can know.
Epistemological modesty is an attitude toward life. This attitude is built on the awareness that we don’t know ourselves. Most of what we think and believe is unavailable to conscious review. We are our own deepest mystery.
Not knowing ourselves, we also have trouble fully understanding others… Not fully understanding others, we cannot get to the bottom…