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Would not winning the Superbowl ruin this year? In response to Mike's excellent "Why take the Broncos or Manning for granted?"

I am loving this season! And the question is moot anyways since we are going to win the Superbowl. However I wanted to share some interesting thoughts I got from a Ted Talks presentation. It is a fascinating talk and recommend that you take a gander.

http://www.ted.com/talks/daniel_kahneman_the_riddle_of_experience_vs_memory.html

The basic concept is this: there are two different selves, even for those of you with a single personality:).

  • The Experiencing Self - This is the self that is living in the moment. It is the one that is screaming his head off during the game.
  • The Remembering Self - This is the self taking pleasure (or pain) re-living events in the past. It is the one that talks about that great play with others the next week.

The example he used goes something like this. Let's say you are watching a concert, and it is just going great, your experiencing self is having a heck of a time. However, the fire alarm goes off and there is water pouring everywhere and everyone must go outside into sub-zero weather.

The next week you are talking to a friend about the concert, and you might say something like -

"it started off so great, but then the alarm went off and it ruined the whole thing".

Now that kinda doesn't make sense. The experiencing self was having a great time, why did the end ruin the beginning? From how I interpret the presentation, it's because the remembering self wants to put the whole thing as kinda a single event (I certainly don't remember every great play of our first SB winning season), and so it needs a happy ending to consider the whole as happy. It is more complicated than that, but that is my attempt to paraphrase it:)

Anyways, I think this applies to our Bronco season. I am having a great time, and at this moment believe I will still feel the same way even if we don't win the Superbowl. But my remember self may not agree.





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