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The Pleasure Trap: Douglas Lisle (Full Transcript)

Douglas Lisle at TEDxFremont

Full text of psychologist Douglas Lisle’s talk: The Pleasure Trap at TEDxFremont conference.

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I’m Doug Lisle. I’m a psychologist. Wasn’t my first choice.

Wanted to be an artist and should have been, but my father refused to give me the emotional support, more importantly the financial support that my talent so richly deserved. History will judge him.

As much as I’d like to process my issues about that this morning, which, believe me, I would, that’s not what I’m here to do. I’m here to do this psychology thing.

So, what we’re going to talk about is we’re going to try to shed a little light on a puzzle. And that puzzle is: “If we were bright enough and alert enough and conscientious enough and lucky enough, and we had heard the right message about health, and we had heard someone like Dr. John McDougall or T. Colin Campbell or Caldwell Esselstyn or Dr. Neal Barnard, if we knew the right direction to go, why is it so hard to go there?”

That’s what we’re going to try to explore today.

So, I’ll be using some scientific concepts and some charts and things like that, and I’ll even use a few tricks from psychology.

But more than anything, I’m going to be using my artistic skills to try to help bring this home.

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