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Do You Remember These Dates?

April 3, 2012

On July 20-22, 2007 all these people attended a workshop of sorts.  On those exact dates I was with my family on a small island in the Adriatic sea, watching off in the distance as fire fighters in airplanes performed their heroics in the forests surrounding Dubrovnik.  Little did I know that Daniel Kahneman was leading a master class for Edge (and those attendees) titled “A SHORT COURSE IN THINKING ABOUT THINKING.”

Nor would it have mattered much even if I had known, right?  Better to be surprised now, several years later, at the generosity of those involved for making video of this amazing event available to all those of us who, for one reason or another, could not make it to the actual workshop (I am sure they sent me an invitation, but it must have gotten lost in the mail). Click on the image to the right to see six short bursts of awesomeness.

A couple of times in earlier posts we may have been too modest in describing the magnitude of this man’s contributions, so to set the record straight, here from some colleagues are some more forthright descriptors (from the same linked content at Edge):

Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert (Stumbling on Happiness) writes: “Danny Kahneman is simply the most distinguished living psychologist in the world, bar none. Trying to say something smart about Danny’s contributions to science is like trying to say something smart about water: It is everywhere, in everything, and a world without it would be a world unimaginably different than this one.” And according to Harvard’s Steven Pinker (The Stuff of Thought): “It’s not an exaggeration to say that Kahneman is one of the most influential psychologists in history and certainly the most important psychologist alive today. He has made seminal contributions over a wide range of fields including social psychology, cognitive science, reasoning and thinking, and behavioral economics, a field he and his partner Amos Tversky invented.”

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2012 4:05 AM

    Now I’m going to be thinking about thinking. Just thinking about me thinking, especially thinking about thinking, could be frightening! lol

    • April 18, 2012 1:03 PM

      Russel, it works kind of like a mantra if you repeat it enough times, so keep at it and the fear will surely dissipate.

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