Episode #13

 

The Illusion of Choice

We often perceive a plethora of options and choices to be freeing and empowering. But not only is this relative to our cultural expectations, it can even be counter-productive to be confronted with too many things to choose from. Our discussion of realities and illusions concerning freedom of choice is based on the TED talk "The art of choosing" by Sheena Iyengar (see link below).

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TED talk “The art of choosing” by Sheena Iyengar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDq9-QxvsNU

“While we cannot always choose what happens to us, we can choose our responses.”
— Stephen Covey

“If voting could change anything it would be made illegal!”
— Robert Borden

“Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.”
— Excerpt from this 2014 Princeton study:
https://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/files/gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf

“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

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