This talk by Daniel Gilbert is excellent. He argues that human beings exhibit a pervasive tendency to see their present selves as the culmination of a process of becoming who they are. In doing so they tend to vastly underestimate the amount of change they will undergo over the coming ten years. This has important consequences because the decisions we make now have implications for our future selves – we overestimate the stability of our current preferences and assume a fixity to the basis upon which we make our decisions instead of factoring in the likelihood of our continued change. As Gilbert poignantly phrases it: “Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they are finished”.
Categories: Rethinking The World