Fearing the onset of serious brain rot, the other night I decided to switch up my usual entertainment choices. Rather than watch such intellectually irredeemable fare as Adam Sandler’s new cinematic gem, “Hubie Halloween,” I instead watched a couple of TED talks.
A talk by Swarthmore psychologist Barry Schwartz caught my eye. Being a psychology buff, I knew Schwartz was famous for research that showed that the many options we Americans have to choose from cause a lot of anxiety. (Anyone shop for toothpaste lately?) So I figured, “What the hey?” Maybe Professor Schwartz has something interesting to say.