How we think, feel, and act are so fundamentally connected that they transform individuals, communities, and even ecosystems into new shapes over time, according to the Copenhagen Consensus Center.
While economic prediction is always uncertain, the trends in behavioral economics and behavioral economics discoveries are maturing. A new area of study examining how humans are wired to behave has become an area of individual and societal attention in the past five years, offering new and practical conclusions on cognitive science, consumer psychology, and cultural anthropology.
Primers and tools are growing more sophisticated in their ability to capture key values, ideas, and cultural symbols. Fundamental understandings of human experience are changing. Science is more tangible, uncomplicated, and consistent, with quantifiable relationships. There is a growing level of accountability, shared across cultures and a well-defined social media trend around non-confrontational “conversations about progress”. An extended richness of empirical evidence about the world is being revealed and evaluated.
What’s more, quality and quantity of evidence are still vastly underappreciated. Disparate behaviors have revealed common values, humanism is becoming more mainstream, and opportunities to learn from cultures and societies of less developed countries are creating a shift in both brain connectivity and cognition. Culture itself is being increasingly called into question and the paradox of forgetting and simultaneously remembering is facing critical challenges.
As a research assistant in scientific computing in 1992, I held onto a hunger to explore new perspectives to the human condition—always intrigued by the deeply nuanced human experiences, from day to day and across cultures.
With my interest in translating our perception and thinking to physiological reality, I would often see patterns for myself: whenever I encountered a new pattern, it seemed that my body was able to reproduce it at a higher level.
After two years of intense experimentation, I began to see patterns and exchanges between the body and the brain that offer insights on how the body adapts to, and how the brain works and utilizes concepts in the context of social, economic, and cultural life.
“It’s counterintuitive, but really the whole point is not to,” said Dean Fotopulos, a Russian AI scientist, the co-founder of the Happiness Lab at Stanford University. “If you want to really understand individuals and try to explain why an individuals love something, can’t you simply observe them show it to someone else?”