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Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions?

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Another TED talk about irrational behaviour, sensory illusions and decisions. He sees illusions as a metaphor, saying that something like visual illusions, we all know, also occur in other senses and even higher level thinking.

This is a very interesting, informative and funny talk. Dan Ariely is truely a gifted speaker !


Written by Martin Metzmacher

August 22, 2009 at 9:12 pm

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  1. Great video. Dan Ariely also just sent this clip into Big Think a couple of days ago to commemorate Fashion Week in New York.

    In the video, the behavioral economist and author of ‘Predictably Irrational’ tries on various designer glasses—while wearing a red silk robe—and discusses how wearing fake, ‘knock-off’ merchandise, has been shown to lessen people’s moral standards and make them more prone to commit larger crimes in the future:


    September 15, 2009 at 4:12 pm

  2. Hi Andrew, thanks a lot for the comment and the link to the cool video.

    Actually Andrew wrote an email to me first, so I would like to add something that he did not write in the above comment. Please keep us updated on new videos!

    It’s a pretty funny video that he sent in exclusively to us, so I think your readers will really enjoy it. BigThink has interviewed several behavioral economists in the recent past, and I am sending you links to pages with a wide variety of talks from Ariely–including his discussion of “What is Behavioral Economics,” as well as a link to the page of Richard Thaler, another prominent behavioral economist who similarly addresses a lot of the issues in the field. I hope you enjoy these. Great work on the blog!

    Dan Ariely:
    Richard Thaler:

    Martin Metzmacher

    September 16, 2009 at 10:15 am

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