8.12.2006

Thought Experiment

I'd like to replicate an experiment I recently read about in Harvard Psychologist Daniel Gilbert's new book Stumbling On Happiness, a philosophical tract masquerading as a self-help book.

Despite residing in the nose bleed section of the ivory tower, Gilbert is a lucid, common-sense thinker with some truly worthwhile insights regarding the human temperament. We'll delve into some of them at a later date. In the meantime, I wanted to give you a taste of the kind of "AHA" moments the book delivers.

Here's what you have to do:
1) Imagine you're going to have a spaghetti dinner tomorrow night.
2) Now try to predict how much satisfaction you'll get from this dinner and rate it on a scale of 1-10.
3) Post your answers in the comment box.

I'll be contacting posters over the next couple of days with a follow up question.

Unless no one posts--in which case,you will be left entirely in the dark with your phantom spaghetti.

5 Comments:

Geoff said...

I'd give my hypothetical spaghetti dinner a solid '6'. Cool idea!

4:11 PM  
Yez said...

Gotta be a 10, since I haven't been allowed to have pasta since... I don't know when.

6:36 PM  
Orli V said...

Jen R. gives phantom spaghetti an '8.'

Sorry guys, I didn't realize you had to sell your soul to google in order to post.

If anyone wants to play and doesn't want to sign in, you can email me: orlivan@gmail.com

10:13 AM  
BatteryBark said...

So my spaghetti is a 7. My hubby's is a 9, because he says he loves to sit in front of the tv with a big bowl of pasta. --carey

I can't wait for the AHA. And now, I kinda what spaghetti...

5:11 PM  
anna said...

hmmm, spaghetti... tomorrow... must be a 7. Could've been a nine since i love spaghetti, but i just had some last week.

10:33 AM  

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