Daniel Kahneman: Experience vs. Memory

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 4:01 PM By Stephen J Christophers

Experiment: Firstly, I'd like you to read the dictionary entry below for the word Banal. I would like you to read it at least three times before continuing to the question:

Banal: ba·nal/ˈbānl/Adjective: So lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring.
Synonyms: trite - commonplace - hackneyed - trivial - platitudinous - Australian

Now answer the question by clicking on the country link: If asked to choose one country only, in which of the following countries would you prefer to take your next holiday?


Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of the experience vs. memory: An interesting lecture, and can, in some ways, apply to the Facebook time-line experience.. an example of the remembering self; I'm my memories of select moments of time, programmed into a time-line of memories, and then experienced over, in multiple, by other instances of individuals that experience and remember moments in time... Am I really who you think I am??? I know your, 'FarmVille' and 'CityVille' - and running on the same engine that drives them, most of the time, don't I? ... game of football anybody? How happy does your experience of my time-line make you, and vice versa? Is there a correlation between my memories of happiness, and your happiness/unhappiness. With happiness being more relative to memories and previous experiences; therefore, can experience just be programmed? Does money bring happiness? - and more... Is it that, in most respects, we're just looking at another example of Plato's Theory: The allegory of the cave?