What's your favourite emoji, and what does that say about you? Stastically, it's likely to be the 'tear's of laughter' emoji, but perhaps yours tells a different story...Read More
Why do we make decisions that our future selves so often regret?
Dan Gilbert is a professor of psychology at Harvard University. His main area of interest over the last decade is something he calls errors of prospection: the difficulty that comes from looking into the future and correctly guessing what will happen.
Prospection is about looking into the future, deciding what will make us happy, and pushing towards that. But we often get that wrong. Professor Gilbert's work helps explain why.Read More
Human evolution has programmed us to stop and notice things that move quickly. It's important to know that a bear is about to attack, but something like climate change doesn't often rank highly on our priority list. It's the same reason that news stories that don't develop swiftly disappear, in favour of fresher headlines.
One of the key features of this year is that it'll be remarkably similar to the year before. And an awful lot like 5 years before that. Perhaps it's won't even be that different from 20 years ago. Go back 50 years and things might start feeling a little more different, yet we'll still be using fossil fuels, transport systems will be much the same as they are today, and medicine will still be driven by vaccinations and clean water.
Most big things don't change that fast. And that can be a problem when it comes to helping people envisage (and be part of) change.