The riddle of experience vs. memory | Daniel Kahneman

The riddle of experience vs. memory | Daniel Kahneman

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  1. Based on a work he edited, someone can't answer reliably if he is happy. The answer is determined on feelings of the moment or availability of memories, a "barometer" of ego. Furthermore, subjective happiness based on memories and high-peak experiences are due to hedonic adaptation. Then someone may seek emotional amplification, and all this can produce great memories and a high subjective rating of their happiness when it has nothing to do with the inner stable state of well-being.

  2. Anybody that enjoyed his talk should definitely read Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts, to get a different perspective from a philosophical point of view regarding the same topic.

  3. 4 years ago we can see the application with better data analysis. Cognition and Memory; e.g keeping score as we tell stories. Previous experiences can be a subject of exploration to learn from and Improve the future.

  4. So much intellectually wrong with this lecture it's painful to watch. Stopped at 5:49 . Has it been dumbed down deliberately for the audience & people in the comments???? Why is YT hiding the dislikes!? smh

  5. Experience is usually temporary, while memories are lasting. That's why people take photos of an event of adventure because they want it be lasting in their minds, and memories can fade.
    So, experience and memory; both are as real to our Psyche as we want it to be.

  6. There are plenty of people in my life who can't remember their past. So, how is it? Is their remembering self dead? How does that happen? These are otherwise normal functioning people.

  7. I think it's the different hormones of happiness – oxytacin and dopamine. Dopamine gives a sharper sensation, it affects memories. Oxytacin is a calmer hormone, but also longer lasting, it affects the feeling of life satisfaction.

  8. “I was sad because I had no shoes, then I saw a man with no feet” it is always relative and based on your perception and whether or not you are happy most of the time-Most people have happy stories because they are happy-for example you can own a studio condo in Los Angeles for 300K and be happy because your as rich as your neighbor however if a own a 3 million $ condo in Santa Monica you are not as happy because many more have bigger and more expensive condos with ocean views etc