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How to Do Precisely the Right Thing at All Possible Times

Yesterday, via Boing Boing, I listened to a great, Gladwell-esque speech (MP3) given by Harvard’s Daniel Gilbert at South By Southwest 2006. Here’s a snippet:

If it were a law that everybody who won and lost the lottery had to have a brief TV interview. You’d get 30 seconds of a guy going ‘oh my God, I won 10 million dollars’ and then you’d get 9.4 years without bathroom breaks or sleeping watching 30 seconds clips of people going ‘I lost, I lost, I lost.’

He’s also a pretty great public speaker–I highly recommend listening to this talk the next time your ears are available for 45 minutes.

3 Responses to “How to Do Precisely the Right Thing at All Possible Times”

  1. Boo Radley

    Thanks for the info. I’ll add the mp3 to my iPod and listen to it when I’m on the move :-)

  2. The Mysteries of Happiness

    […] recommend that you give the CBC piece a listen, and watch this earlier talk Gilbert gave at TED. I wrote about Gilbert a while back, referencing a talk he gave at SXSW […]

  3. Guo

    Do you have the ppt of the speech? If possible, send it to me. Thank you! I wanna read it carefully.

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