Daniel Gilbert is the Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. His research with Tim Wilson on "affective forecasting" investigates how and how well people can make predictions about the emotional impact of future events.
Dan has won numerous awards for his teaching and research—from the Guggenheim Fellowship to the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology. However, he says that his greatest accomplishment is that he appears just before Dizzy Gillespie on the list of Most Famous High School Dropouts.
Dan's research has been covered by The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Money, CNN, U.S. News & World Report, The New Yorker, Scientific American, Oprah Magazine, Psychology Today, and many others.
Question: Collectively, what should we be doing?
Dan Gilbert: Well certainly we are not heeding the canaries in the coal mine. There are harbingers and portents all around us telling us that the environment is fading and fading fast. And we’re still debating about whether to have a commission that wants to think about the possibility of appointing a commission to determine whether there is global warming. How many steps backward can we go?
Recorded on: 6/12/07