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June 21, 2014

Ruth Chang: How to make hard choices

14:41 minutes · Filmed May 2014 · Posted Jun 2014 · TEDSalon NY2014

Here's a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up -- or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that's because we think about hard choices the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.

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