We can synthesise happiness for ourselves :-)

May 15, 2007 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Book prize, Happiness, Recommended Book, Royal Society, Science | Leave a comment

(I do it all the time 😉 )

Professor Colin Pillinger, chair of the judges, said:

“Stumbling on Happiness is an outstanding and highly readable winner of this year’s Royal Society Prize for Science Books. Daniel Gilbert’s voice provides a witty companion throughout this exploration of the science behind the pursuit of happiness an issue which fascinates us all. He uses cognitive science and psychology to provide intriguing insights into human nature, helping us to understand why we make the decisions we do.

“All of the books on the short list were excellent and a treat to judge. Coming to a final decision was extremely difficult.”


“I’m absolutely delighted to receive this tremendous honor from the world’s oldest learned society. There are very few countries (including my own) where a somewhat cheeky book about happiness could win a science prize — but the British invented intellectual humor and have always understood that enlightenment and entertainment are natural friends. So God bless the empire!”

🙂 said Daniel Gilbert, quoted in the Royal Society Press Release.

The six books shortlisted were

Homo Britannicus by Chris Stringer (Penguin Allen Lane)
In Search of Memory by Eric R. Kandel (WW Norton & Co)
Lonesome George by Henry Nicholls (Macmillan)
One in Three by Adam Wishart (Profile Books)
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert (Harper Press)
The Rough Guide to Climate Change by Robert Henson (Rough Guides)

Back in February 2004 Gilbert gave an entertaining and intriguing TEDtalk in Monterey, California on the amazing experience simulator each of us has:

P.S. The BBC covers this happy story too 🙂


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