peteg's blog - choice - 2006 08 08 ParadoxOfChoice

Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice.

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A public lecture on Google's new video service (link courtesy of Amir).

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This line of argument segues into paternal liberalism, which can be roughly characterised as making the defaults in decision making processes accord with what's taken to be good for you. There's loads of examples, as a quick Google demonstrates; Gordon Smith even-handedly presents a summary of the original paper and immediate responses.

I'm not altogether convinced there's a hell of a lot going on here, apart from pleading for biasing defaults towards social wellbeing rather than government ideology.

Barry is a dead ringer for Al Pacino.