On Wisdom

On Wisdom

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What does science tell us about wisdom?
8: The Dark Side (with Paul Bloom)
Sep 27 • 58 min
One thing we all seem to agree on is that empathy is an unmitigated good. But what if we are wrong? Might some forms of empathy actually be dangerous for society, biasing preferences towards those that look like us, or even those we find attractive? And…
7: Why We Tell Stories (with Nic Weststrate)
Aug 24 • 55 min
Why do we spend so much time telling stories - about ourselves, about each other, even about fictional characters? If storytelling isn’t simply about information exchange, what role does it really play in our lives? Why do older people feel compelled to…
6: Wisdom, Class & Inequality (with Michael Kraus)
Jul 16 • 63 min
If a typical white family in the US has 100 dollars, how many dollars does a typical black US family have? Wrong! Why are we so bad at guessing levels of inequality in society? How much of a role does your class play in preventing wise decision-making?…
5: The Foolish Sage (with Eranda Jayawickreme)
Jun 24 • 52 min
Do 'wise people' even exist? Do we have 'wise characters' or is our behaviour more influenced by 'wise situations'? And if so, what kinds of situations best support wise behaviour? Eranda Jayawickreme joins Igor and Charles to discuss the classic battle…
4: Yoda vs Spock (with Stéphane Côté)
May 11 • 63 min
Are emotions simply bugs in the system that prevent us from taking wise decisions? Or do they play an essential role in guiding us towards the wisest path? In short, should we be like hyper-rational cool-headed Mr Spock, or more like the emotionally…
3: On Death (with Laura Blackie)
Apr 25 • 53 min
Why do we avoid thinking about our own death? How does contemplating our own mortality change our day-to-day behaviour? Why do drivers, when reminded of the fact that they will die, actually drive even faster? Whilst society typically hides death from us,…
2: The Paradox of Ageing
Apr 22 • 56 min
Does wisdom really come with age? Or is this an outdated myth from a bygone era? How might wisdom develop in a brain that's ageing? Or perhaps by 'age', are we really talking about 'experience'? If so, do all experiences lead to wisdom, or only bad ones?…
1: Wisdom vs Intelligence
Apr 20 • 61 min
What's the difference between someone who's smart and someone who's wise? If you can you be intelligent without being wise, can you be wise without also being intelligent? If wisdom's so essential for taking good decisions, what's driving our exclusive…