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[…]
Since Gilbert’s personal philosophy is a blank slate waiting for scientific building blocks.
Question: Do you have a personal philosophy?
Dan Gilbert: A personal philosophy. Well I think not, in the sense of, you know, a member of an organized religion or sect or cult. I couldn’t give you an “ism” that somehow described my personal philosophy. And I think that’s because I see beliefs as something you earn, not as something you start out with. Beliefs are the prize we get from a long day of looking hard. I believe in the law of supply and demand and the structure of DNA because people have worked very hard to establish the facts on which those beliefs are predicated. I’m not sure if that’s what you mean when you ask me about a philosophy, but I suppose I could say my philosophy is to start out, as much as possible, as a blank slate, and on the basis of scientific evidence, build up a philosophy from there.