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Synthetic Happiness

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"The world is AS we SEE it."

"We create our own reality."

"We attract into our lives what we put attention on."

If you have looked into alternative ways to view the world you have certainly come across those idea, promoted by many of the main stream new age gurus. Science usually had nothing much to say about that as there was not much to measure and science is supposed to be about the measurability of phenomena.

And how can you measure something if the result is not only effected by the measurer but indeed created alltogether?

Now we have TED come to help us. TED, the yearly conference on Technology, Entertainment and Design, held in Monterey, California (now moving to other places) gives speakers the opportunity to speak about their area of expertize for 20 minutes. Speakers are often not the usual suspects, and I have been surprised by the subjects presented.

Today I ran into a speech by Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert who says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong. He supports this premise with intriguing research, and explains it in in an accessible and unexpected fashion.

What he is actually giving is the scientific confirmation that all those new age gurus are correct.


Now comes Matthieu Ricard, sometimes called the "happiest man in the world," he is a Buddhist monk, author, photographer and apparently practitioner of the subject discussed in Dan Gilbert's talk...