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  • Summary

  • The world is a complex place. A complex place where answers are sometimes hard to find. But in this podcast the economy professor Micael Dahlen asks the seemingly simple questions that lead you on a winding journey into the core of what it means to be a human being.

    It might feel like social media is making us dumber, that our nightly scrolling through our phones makes us lesser human beings - but what if the behavior has more to do with distance and empathy to the people that we are trying to connect with than intelligence? After the 'Fast and the Furious' films were released, studies indicate that we actually started speeding faster than before the Premiere. If a film with fast cars makes us drive faster - what happens if we start to "speed-watch" (watching things at double the speed)? And why does the abundance of choice make us less satisfied in life?

    In the first three episodes, Micael Dahlen meets some of the worlds most renowned experts and scientists on human behavior and by being compulsively curious, he gets the answers to the questions we never even realised we wanted to ask.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download the first 8 episodes now. New episodes will arrive in your Library every Friday.

    ©2019 Audible, Ltd. (P)2019 Audible, Ltd.
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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: Why Do Movie Studios Pre-Announce Sequels so Early?

    Oct 24 2019

    As the new Terminator film is having its premier in November, something odd has happened at the same time - two new sequels have already been pre-announced.

    Why is that? Does pre-announcement increase the perceived value of the current movies? And do we really have to watch them all? The economy professor Micael Dahlen travels to San Fransisco to meet the psychologist, Barry Schwartz.

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    25 mins
  • Ep. 2: Why Do Assholes Drive Expensive Cars?

    Oct 24 2019

    Why does a room feel colder when thinking about money and why do assholes driving fancy cars have to overtake smaller cars and scream at them? Is it the car that evokes the behaviour, or is it just that the people who can afford a fancy car aren't nice to begin with? The economy professor Micael Dahlen travels to Minneapolis to meet the professor Kathleen Vohs.

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    20 mins
  • Ep. 3: Can Speed Watching Change the Way We Perceive the World?

    Oct 24 2019

    Why is it that speed-reading is considered a common thing, something that we do every day without even reflecting over it - but "speed-watching" (watching things at double the speed) divides into two camps - upset or obsessed? And how does what we watch affect us in the real world away from the screen? Why do people drive even faster having watched a Fast and the Furious Premiere?

    Micael meets with the journalist Jeff Guo and goes to Boston to talk to the associate professor Jena Anupam at Harvard Medical School.

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    24 mins

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Just Amazing

Interesting and diverse topics presented in entertaining way . Definitely recommended. Also where is the season 2 ???!? It must have it .

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fascinating stuff

I'll admit I added this to my library because it was free. however it was thought provoking and really made me curious!

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Narrator needs to SPEAK UP

This would be an interesing recording but it was spoilt by the fact that the interviewer's voice was so quiet I was straining my ears to hear what he was mumbling the whole time. Only listened to first episode therefore. Shame.

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Relatable

Great series, I could relate to everything said, I love how we go through our lives, our daily routines, subconsciously dealing with these sometimes small occurrences not knowing how they effect us on a much deeper level, and how these occurrences are a result of something happening much deeper within us. Great series, Narration, Experts, Perspectives, Background Music....

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Inviting presenter, interesting topics

Interesting stuff, everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. Mostly good communicators tackling all sorts of topics

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MUST HAVE

found this immediately interesting! Massive range of interesting subjects well researched. My only gripe is the author is so sofly spoken I almost didn't catch what was said but did not put me off as subject matter was SOO interesting can't wait for next one wish this one was longer. I will be looking for more of this person's work elsewhere.

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Calm, intelligent discussion about stuff

Just a really nice series from start to finish, it answers interesting questions, some of which I didn't even know I had. strong recommend

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excellent and well rounded listen

I was unsure coming to this book, only because it's not the kind of thing I would normally buy. That said, I didn't buy it!. It was well researched, well read, the narrator's voice was modulated well and sounded lovely. The content was interesting but not overly complicated, the topics varied, the information salient but not too complex for somebody who is not directly involved. The range of topics covered was broad but also interesting. I would love to hear more from this professor and found the whole thing a great balance of comedic, easy, highly informative and entertaining. A must read.

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Some episodes were good and interesting but the rest were boring and a would come and go from the topic.

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Enjoyable listen

I enjoyed Micael's take on a variety of subjects. Not a lot of detail though.

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  • Micah Cavaleri
  • 28-08-20

Engaging and Intelligent

Excellent beginning. Hope Dahlen keeps up his curiosity. Look forward to digging into fascinating stories with this podcast.

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