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Daniel Gilbert

Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology,  Harvard University


Dr. Daniel Gilbert is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He has won numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology. In 2008 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His 2007 book, Stumbling on Happiness, spent 6 months on the New York Times bestseller list, has being translated into 30 languages, and was awarded the Royal Society’s General Book Prize for best science book of the year. In 2010, he hosted and co-wrote the award-winning NOVA television series This Emotional Life which was seen by more than 10 million viewers. He is a contributor to Time, The New York Times, and NPR's All Things Considered, and has been a guest on numerous television shows including The Today Show, Charlie Rose, 20/20, and The Colbert Report. His first TED talk has been seen by more than 8 million people and remains one of the most popular of all time.

Q> Prof. Gilbert, What would be your message to invite the younger minds ?

Dr. Gilbert > First, there is no more powerful way of knowing than science. We’ve learned more in the last 200 years than in all the millennia before that because we have learned to collect and interpret data. Second, there is no greater challenge than solving the riddle of human behavior. Virtually every problem facing our species today is a behavioral problem – something that could be fixed if only we would get people to think and feel and act differently. These two points constitute an invitation to any young person who wants to spend a life learning and mattering. For my money, the behavioral sciences are the place to make it happen.

(As sent to Sumitava Mukherjee, in May 2014)

A nice talk is here: