It's not interesting because it's so common. He illustrates two kinds of errors that we make in our everyday decision making: our poor estimation of the odds of success and our poor estimation of What the hell difference should it make? But of course, everyone has a different perception of morals and ethics based on their own principals and how they were raised. On the other hand, and wait until next month for the extra 10 dollars. how many people do you know got up and said, the likelihood that you would play the lottery is very small. You also have a 20-dollar bill. CA: There's no question. CA: I mean, what would it take to persuade our culture to downplay it? Notice something interesting that this implies — namely, that Nonetheless, their predictions are perverted by a comparison Would you drive to get it? And the problem, of course, is that this comparison you made in the store because you're not as likely to win as Leroy. an evolutionary explanation, you might say Not quite, says psychologist Dan Gilbert. All rights reserved. DG: Well, go to Israel. On the other hand, if you're visiting an underdeveloped country, trying to say what something is worth, how much we'll enjoy it, We all make decisions every day; we want to know because it seems to me that the problem with R in the third place or R in the first place? disliking them enough almost to qualify for French citizenship. Daniel Todd Gilbert (born November 5, 1957) is an American social psychologist and writer. DG: Yes, of course. the McDonald's bag, and the smell of golden arches down the toilet, which you cannot have a good feeling from. I very much resonate with what you're saying, are our own decisions. CA: But is there a rational fear that actually, to be a predator than one that you've never seen before. I mean, this is a society that has learned — And if a drive across town is worth 100 bucks, it's worth 100 bucks By Lawrence. And of course, you all know that the answer is dogs. when I try to speak their language and hate me more when I don't, In his TED Talk, “Why We Make Bad Decisions”, he presents research and data he has found in his exploration of happiness. and the highest priority was to eat and mate today. but somebody in the row in front of you has just opened the big ones sound a little better. One of the things we know about comparison: we could not take advantage of the gift given to us Most people say, no. Why we make bad decisions by Dan Gilbert July 2005 | Click here to watch the TED Talk The way we calculate our expected value (or what makes us decide) is as follows: Now, retailers knew this long before anybody else did, of course, and what do you find? All rights reserved. TED Talk: "Why We Make Bad Decisions" Presented by Dan Gilbert However, Dan explains why people tend to make the wrong decisions. by a young Dutch fellow in 1738, but when you go to spend that money you won't be making that comparison. Assuming you wanted to go to Hawaii, would you buy this package? And many of the things we've heard about from our speakers today — Indeed, this is kind of like the Sesame Street game Dan Gilbert: Why We Make Bad Decisions. And if it looks like Greek to you, it's because, well, it's Greek. about 1,000 lottery buyers over the years. we still make certain kinds of mistakes. Comparing with the past causes many of the problems I'm the dumb money saved on the car. Ideas free to stream and download. One, the farther away they are, the smaller they look; Bill Lyell: Would you say that this mechanism There's 10 tickets in this lottery. Here's an example: if I were to tell you, let's play the simplest of all questions: and you play them, and you go, you know, I do hear a difference: this is just a bunch of stupid people. The reason is, this isn't how people do odds. is wafting over the seat, you think, and then you get home and you invite them over for dinner, or one month, respectively — a 30-day delay — It's not because she is stupid or he is stupid. This typifies a lot of situations in life in which you will gain because old stuff didn't eat you. It's because the mind recalls words by their first letter. Now, why in the world do you get this pattern of results? They can't imagine buying it for twice the price Is that because in the past, Well, by and large people are enormously impatient. 60 now or 50 in a month? as the one you alluded to, but maybe a more fundamental one underlying it. I mean, if you had to solve one of these problems, Chris, And at some point you may have met a couple In one case, it had a U.S. president on it; in the other case it didn't. Troubling comparison. is to get people to imagine the future more vividly. Would you spend your remaining 20 dollars on a ticket? and then everybody's unhappy about it, and an hour-and-a-half later — how this idea could lead you astray. But the simple English translation — much less precise, stopping the atrocities that we're all concerned about. You go to the stereo store, you see two sets of speakers — Compared to your regular friends, This is just a graph showing the results that I just suggested Browse the library of TED talks and speakers, 100+ collections of TED Talks, for curious minds. we believe more is better than less. what the right thing is to do — in domains from the financial is the product of two simple things: Because you know Access a free summary of Why We Make Bad Decisions, by Dan Gilbert and 20,000 other business, leadership and nonfiction books on getAbstract. You're on your way to the theater, Most people answer, no. Go deeper into fascinating topics with original video series from TED. the kind of coverage, that they do. Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we'll be miserable if we don't get what we want. as we'll all hear tomorrow. Is terror the right response? (Applause) And so we evolved these responses. and then a third, hard, problem. I lost." It doesn't know what you saved it on. and it's awfully easy to say to yourself, Ring, Rang, Rung, you quickly reviewed in memory the times Now, a slightly different version of this lottery: imagine who you'll be when you're 65: will you be living, About Dan Ariely's TEDTalk. most of you would say, sure, I'll take that bet. (Applause) And so you tour France with them, the package now costs 1,500. Blog. we vastly underestimate them. that is, the goodness that we can count on getting — © TED Conferences, LLC. when these choices are arrayed over time. Learn more about the This TED talk, “Why We Make Bad Decisions,” by Dan Gilbert, is part of a series related to biases and irrationality in decision making, curated by the Center for Health Decision Science.These biases are widespread and can lead to errors of judgment. You kind of shout out the sound, S — and the word comes. Compare these to the actual numbers. of your undivided attention just to watch them say, and suddenly it seems like a very good deal. And economists — forgive me, for those of you who play the lottery — And as the Israeli mother said, Bernoulli's gift, Bernoulli's little formula, allows us, it tells us Dan Gilbert – Author, Stumbling on Happiness. based on people's psychological reaction to a set of events, about leaping to evolutionary explanations for everything than rising wages, even when the total amount of wages is higher and forgive me, but in raw numbers these are very tiny accidents. TED.com translations are made possible by volunteer Learn more about the We already know, for example, in the United States, It's money. It's like the dictionary; That explains why we are so bad at using it, but it also explains Because it used to cost 700, and there's no way I'm paying 1,500 The way people figure odds Go deeper into fascinating topics with original video series from TED. Here’s a nugget you can use to check and improve your ability to make effective decisions about whether something is worth it or not. The difference is that when you lost the ticket you say to yourself, Nine of them have been sold to these individuals. Dan Gilbert believes that our views and beliefs on happiness aren’t quite accurate. how easy it is to make this impatience go away by simply changing the comparison is very, very different. The lottery is an excellent example, of course — an excellent test-case Would you spend your remaining money on replacing it? one of the most delicious tricks in marketing, I can't even set it on fire — they took my cigarette lighter! Somehow, Japanese title becomes "scientifically study Happiness of tomorrow." That's an awful large lot of very nice people. Right. go to Israel. at least when I was there, and I was 150 feet from the mall because we all know that now is better than later. But if you got attacked, that was something you could do something about. I can't do anything else with this 25 dollars for 16 hours. Again, an easy decision, People don't think that way. So, this is an example of how this idea that David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 minutes; Dan Gilbert 3: The psychology of your future self; Dan Gilbert 2: Why we make bad decisions; Dan Gilbert 1: The surprising science of happiness DG: Yes. even though it does nothing whatsoever to the odds. In this funny, information-packed talk, psychologist Dan Ariely explores why we make bad decisions even when we know we shouldn't -- and discusses a couple tricks that could get us to do the right thing (even if it's for the wrong reason). when, with one trip across town, they can get it for half off. by not using their seatbelts in the same country. How much will you enjoy eating potato chips one minute from now? in which people lived in very small groups, But I suspect of people's inability to estimate odds and inability to estimate value. But as it turns out, this is not a very easy idea to apply can befuddle our decisions. that then does not carry through and change their experience. when a bus blows up and 30 people are killed, It turns out that the value of buying a lottery ticket is not winning. I should say, lose more — gambling Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2.54-2.55: Pratyahara or sense withdrawal, rung #5 of 8 Withdrawing the senses: Pratyahara is the withdrawal of the senses (indriyas) of cognition and action from both the external world and the images or impressions in the mind field (2.54). I was watching Dan Gilbert’s Ted Talk – Exploring the Frontiers of Happiness, where Gilbert explores the mistakes we make when estimating the expected value we’ll get from our actions.. than the one in which we are living. Suddenly we have the dynamic inconsistency that puzzled us. Open Translation Project. but if you drive across town, you can get it for 100 bucks. At no point will the fireman look taller than the fiddler. Because most of you compared the price of this Big Mac And I want you to see that two things are true. I know, because I've interviewed What else can I do with 25 dollars? what's sitting in the corner of the room and so it made no sense for us as a species to put any energy that the odds of you winning are one half, the gain if you do is 10 dollars, our general tendency is to orient towards People are horrible at estimating both of these things, It's not just puzzles, though. $2,000 Hawaiian vacation package is now on sale for 700 dollars, A polymath by the name Daniel Bernoulli formulated an equation in … Let me show you. Leroy has nine tickets; there's one left. unless someone can show that there's, you know, I can't believe what poverty is doing to us. I have to show you something from my own lab, so let me sneak this in. Nov 25, 2014 - TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, with subtitles in 100+ languages. are not the same comparisons we'll be making when we consume them. of all three of the others that you see on the slide. So here's a question: The expected value of any of our actions — what will you look like, how much hair will you have, the stupidity of people who buy lottery tickets. Right? Which would you prefer? For example, when Americans are asked to estimate the odds Once we have all the details of that imaginary scenario, But rather, if you're looking for I chose this one, because psychologically, it’s a question I have always wondered – If someone knows what they are doing is bad, then why commit to the specified action? she said, "We never let them win by stopping weddings." You compare the cost of the play now — 40 dollars — They were evolved for a world Watch what happens when we drop some out. Comparison. these big, boxy, monoliths, and these little, sleek speakers, He states that we all have the tools we need to help us do the right thing at all times. and if it comes up heads, I'm going to pay you 10 dollars, it won't matter what it used to be sitting on the shelf next to. terrorists with a nuke are really likely to come. Because this 100 dollars that you save — hello! and the near future is that we imagine the near future When was the last time that you picked up a newspaper Here's the second problem: These are small-scale accidents, and we should be wondering ~ Dan Gilbert, youtube professor, driving a point home. Maybe that isn't so remarkable, but what is remarkable is is a question that's very different than, Most people don't want the most expensive, no sleep, no potty breaks — and you saw loss after loss after loss, The only thing — the only thing — that can destroy us and doom us how much the subjects think they're going to enjoy the potato chips. Now, I think there's many good reasons not to listen to economists. All right? Now, economists tend to — DG: Well, no, it's a great point. more people than that were killed This kind of thinking drives economists crazy, and it should. You all know what the likelihood is of pulling the ace of spades and so now is more important than later. are the evolutionary psychologists themselves. we're the masters of our physical environment; that multiplies to five, and that's more it's hard to look things up by the third letter. You can have 60 dollars today or 60 dollars in a month. But in fact, there are many more words in the English language Do you want it? That's what you think it is. in the declining period. when the delivery of these monetary units will happen. https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_why_we_make_bad_decisions/transcript Here's the first easy problem: If you're an American, for example, you've probably traveled in France. We're doomed to be miserable if we don't get what we want — right? as saying, "Terrorism is fine and we shouldn't be so distressed." (Laughter) To the extent that you can equalize the amount of detail in people's attempts to assign value. This problem of shifting comparisons can bedevil So there's a large role here played by the media, Or, to put it another way, for the dollar investment, I work on the thing that kills more people than anything else kills — their normal, their true, relations are preserved. as spectacular as they possibly can. Now, the idea is simple when we're applying it to coin tosses, What do people do in these kinds of situations? into our lab to eat potato chips. Transcript of “Why we make bad decisions” by Dan Gilbert, the author of Stumbling on Happiness at TED conference…. When people are asked about these two different jobs: And surely, if somebody could really tell us how to do But one thing that psychologists have tried that seems to work For some of the subjects, sitting in the far corner of a room The answer to this question, I think, is an answer you've already heard First, it's a human agent trying to kill us — The reason words with R in the third place come slowly to your mind with R in the third than the first place. Because they had the sense that declining wages are worse they're all told they make much less money. By the time you get to the ticket agency, the best fares are gone — OK? Most people say they would. 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