Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

Finally a video that describes the source of what we do and don’t do.  Daniel Kahneman explains the past experiences that are summarized into memories that define our beliefs.

When we ask ourselves if our beliefs are real, we would all say yes.  But when asked of they are still true, our answers may require some thought.  And we need to base our actions (behaviors) on thought.  This is how we are going to get the results – by choice –  we want in life.

There is an experiencing self, who lives in the present and knows the present, is capable of re-living the past, but basically it has only the present. It’s the experiencing self that the doctor approaches –you know, when the doctor asks, “Does it hurt now when I touch you here?” And then there is a remembering self, and the remembering self is the one that keeps score, and maintains the story of our life, and it’s the one that the doctor approaches in asking the question, “How have you been feeling lately?”or “How was your trip to Albania?” or something like that. Those are two very different entities, the experiencing self and the remembering self, and getting confused between them is part of the mess about the notion of happiness.

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