Too much information: a new book explores the paradox of the information age
Cass Sunstein looks at how ignorance is bliss but knowledge is power
That's part of the argument of a new book by legal scholar and behavioural economics expert Cass Sunstein, founder and director of the Program on Behavioural Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School, and former advisor in the Obama administration.
Sunstein thinks we've got an information problem. In this era of "full disclosure", a lot of the time we're getting information we don't want or need, and can't properly use.
It's making us unhappy and anxious. And paradoxically he says this wealth of information can lead to worse decision making — about everything from our eating habits to health care to the environment and our planet's future.
The book is called Too Much Information: Understanding what you Don't Want to Know, published by the MIT press.
Click the play button above to hear Bob McDonald's conversation with Cass Sunstein.
Produced and written by Jim Lebans