Ellen Langer

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Ellen Jane Langer (born March 25, 1947) is professor of psychology at Harvard University who has studied the illusion of control, decision making, aging and mindfulness theory.


  • Not only do we as individuals get locked into single-minded views, but we also reinforce these views for each other until the culture itself suffers the same mindlessness.
  • Where we are is where we've never been.
  • There are potentially as many interpretations as there are observers. Every idea, person, or object is potentially simultaneously many things depending on the perspective from which it is viewed. A steer is a steak to a rancher, a sacred object to a Hindu, and a collection of genes and proteins to a molecular biologist.