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The Paradox of Choice

April 18, 2008
Posted by mmarvs in : Audio and Video, Debates
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Having a choice is supposed to give us freedom and happiness in life.

Not according to Barry Schward, a sociology professor at Swarthmore College and author of The Paradox of Choice. In this talk, he persuasively explains how and why the abundance of choice in modern society is is in fact a burden and making us miserable.


Do you agree?

A sad song: Bridge over troubled water

November 24, 2007
Posted by mmarvs in : Audio and Video, Resources, Songs
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Águeda has also suggested a sad song in one of her comments. Another classic: Bridge over troubled water, by Simon & Garfunkel

And the lyrics (with gaps, for the sake of practice) here.

A happy song, (at last), by The Kinks

November 17, 2007
Posted by mmarvs in : Audio and Video, Resources, Songs
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It has been much easier to think of a song that made me feel melancholic than one that was uplifting. Finally I remembered The Kinks and their Waterloo Sunset. Watch them play live.

And the lyrics, here (with gaps, for a change)