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Christopher Chabris-The Invisible Gorilla (Unplugged)

Christopher Chabris-The Invisible Gorilla (Unplugged)

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A conversation between Christopher Chabris & Moe Abdou
The Invisible Gorilla (Unplugged) Christopher Chabris with Moe Abdou33voices.com 1
About Christopher Chabris & Moe AbdouChristopher Chabris
Christopher Chabris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He is also anAdjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology at Albany Medical College, aResearch Economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and aVisiting Scholar at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence inCambridge, Massachusetts.
Moe Abdou
Moe Abdou is the creator of 33voices — a global conversation about thingsthat matter in business and in life.moe@33voices.com 
The Invisible Gorilla (Unplugged) Christopher Chabris with Moe Abdou33voices.com 2
It’s very fascinating and I’m sure it’s something that is just evolving for you guys.
Yeah, it’s very gratifying to see the good reviews and to see the response andespecially to hear from people who have — when people say things like, I lookat X in a whole different way now. Or, I see things differently now or whatever.That’s especially what we were hoping to hear. We’re not out to change theworld. We were hoping that people would really have a response where theysee themselves in some of the stories and they see their own behavior in someof the experiments and so on and they think about it a little bit.
I’ll tell you, maybe you can change the world a little bit because you makesome pretty compelling points.
Thank you.
What I’d like to do is just for the time that we have together, I really liketo be able to tackle a lot of these illusions. I have to tell you, I did see theGorilla a few years ago. I used this experiment. I used to a run a wealthmanagement firm in the Washington D.C. area. I had a significant number of advisors. I really used it to show them your exact point; that a lot of times, we miss what’s right in front of us whether it’s serving our clientsor making investment decisions or financial decisions in general.Obviously with the book, you take it to a completely different level. Ever since reading it, I notice just in walking through my gym this morning, youencounter these things all the time. People just walk by you. You say helloto somebody and they don’t even recognize that you’re there althoughyou’re friends with them. Ironically enough, knowing that you and I aregoing to speak this morning, I’ve been very attentive and it happened twice.
Well it may happen just as often when you’re not out there looking for them.
I bet. It’s really been interesting. Chris, what has been most surprising toyou guys since this book has come out - and since people have … at leastthe ones who have embraced it the way we have? I’m starting to thinkdifferently. What’s been surprising to you guys about the outcome?
I wish had a great answer I could just throw right out at you. I think one thingthat has been surprising and gratifying is the number of people who haveresponded and said, this is really important stuff and this is stuff that happensall the time. When we wrote the book, we really had no idea what the

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