Monday, March 12, 2012

RSA Animate - Choice w/ Professor Renata Salecl

A new RSA Animate! This one is about the anxiety and paralysis that we can experience with choice, especially when there are too many choices. Back in 2005, psychologist Barry Schwartz published a book on this same topic, The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, for those who might want a more in-depth examination of this topic.

At the bottom, I am including the video of her entire talk on the Paradox of Choice.

RSA Animate - Choice w/ Professor Renata Salecl
In this new RSAnimate, Professor Renata Salecl explores the paralysing anxiety and dissatisfaction surrounding limitless choice. Does the freedom to be the architects of our own lives actually hinder rather than help us? Does our preoccupation with choosing and consuming actually obstruct social change?

Download video (MP4)

Taken from the RSA's free public events programme
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The Paradox of Choice
Fusing sociology, psychoanalysis and philosophy, Professor Renata Salecl shows that individual choice is rarely based on a simple rational decision with a predictable outcome.

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