The Paradox of Choice: Renata Salecl @ RSA Animate

In this new RSA Animate sociologist and psychoanalyst Professor Renata Salecl (Žižek’s ex wife) 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?


The Fabric of Our Social World: Social Cognition & Consiliance.

Consiliance, or the unity of knowledge, is an idea that I am interested in and this three-way, interdisciplinary talk, which took place in London on June 13h as part of the “Forum for European Philosophy Consilience public debate” is a welcome addition to the discussion.  Professor Chris Frith, Dr Alex Gillespie, Professor Dermot Moran each speak for about 10 minutes each from their different perspectives before a general discussion.  The chair was Kristina Musholt.  Here is the blurb:

“How do we create our world through shared experiences? What are the psychological and physiological mechanisms that underlie our abilities to relate to and interact with others? Chris Frith is emeritus professor of psychology in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL. Alex Gillespie is senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Stirling. Dermot Moran is professor of philosophy at University College Dublin”.

Here is the mp3.