43 episodes

On Wisdom features a social and cognitive scientist in Toronto and an educator in London discussing the latest empirical science regarding the nature of wisdom. Igor Grossmann runs the Wisdom & Culture Lab at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Charles Cassidy runs the Evidence-Based Wisdom project in London, UK. The podcast thrives on a diet of freewheeling conversation on wisdom, decision-making, wellbeing, and society and includes regular guests spots with leading behavioral scientists from the field of wisdom research and beyond. Welcome to The On Wisdom Podcast.

On Wisdom Charles Cassidy and Igor Grossmann

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On Wisdom features a social and cognitive scientist in Toronto and an educator in London discussing the latest empirical science regarding the nature of wisdom. Igor Grossmann runs the Wisdom & Culture Lab at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Charles Cassidy runs the Evidence-Based Wisdom project in London, UK. The podcast thrives on a diet of freewheeling conversation on wisdom, decision-making, wellbeing, and society and includes regular guests spots with leading behavioral scientists from the field of wisdom research and beyond. Welcome to The On Wisdom Podcast.

    Invisible to Ourselves: A Life of a Psychological Scientist (with Richard Nisbett)

    Invisible to Ourselves: A Life of a Psychological Scientist (with Richard Nisbett)

    A disturbing thought - might it be impossible for us to directly observe the workings of our minds? Richard Nisbett joins Igor and Charles to discuss a life lived on the cutting edge of behavioral sciences in the second part of the 20th Century. He shares tales from his groundbreaking research into our faulty mindware, discussing various biases, cultural differences in cognitive processes, our inability to directly observe our mental processes, and why job interviews are not only unhelpful but potentially harmful to our ability to hire the best person for the job. Igor is keen to learn about the human beings behind some of the 20th Century’s academic idols in social psychology like Daniel Kahneman, Amos Tversky and Lee Ross, Richard explains why important work and interesting work are not necessarily the same thing, and Charles struggles to make sense of when we do and don’t intervene to help strangers in peril. Welcome to Episode 43.
    Special Guest: Richard Nisbett.
    Links:
    Richard Nisbett's HomepageWorld After Covid - Richard Nisbett InterviewThinking: A MemoirThe Psychology of Thinking - with Richard Nisbett - Royal Institution Lecture (2016)Telling more than we can know: Verbal reports on mental processes - Nisbett & Wilson (1977)The influence of culture: holistic versus analytic perception - Nisbett & Miyamoto (2005)Intelligence: New findings and theoretical developments - Nisbett, Aronson, Blair, Dickens, Flynn, Halpern, Turkheimer (2012).

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Reflections on Wisdom in the World after Covid

    Reflections on Wisdom in the World after Covid

    Which kind of wisdom will people need to master to overcome major negative societal and/or psychological changes after the pandemic?

    In the last episode of the World After Covid miniseries, Igor and Charles share and discuss responses from 57 of the world's leading behavioral and social scientists, collected as part of the World After Covid project. Four final responses are selected, covering themes of big picture focus on what's important, shared humanity, long-term orientation, and political structural change in the midst of the pandemic. Igor reflects on how the immediate context can dramatically influence even experts' forecasts, and Charles is forced to question his cherished belief that people are ultimately good.


    Featuring:
    Barry Schwartz, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College and a visiting Professor at the Haas School of Business at Berkeley
    Nicholas Christakis, Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University
    Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London
    Michael Bond, Cross-cultural social psychologist with focus on locating Chinese interpersonal processes in a multi-cultural space
    Links:
    World After Covid siteIgor Grossmann's homepage — interactive visualizations and analysis on the World After Covid projectExpert Predictions of Societal Change: Insights from the World after COVID Project - Grossmann, Twardus, Varnum, Jayawickreme, McLevey (2021, in press)Everyone Was Wrong on the Pandemic’s Societal Impact: Foreign Policy - Varnum, Hutcherson, Grossmann (2021)Estimating societal effects of COVID-19 - Hutcherson, Sharpinsky, Varnum, Rotella, Wormley, Tay, Grossmann (2021, preprint)How Life Could Get Better (or Worse) After COVID (berkeley.edu)Words of wisdom: 4 tips from experts on how to endure until the COVID-19 pandemic ends (The Conversation)Barry Schwartz Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteNicholas Christakis Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteAnand Menon Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteMichael Bond Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid site

    • 37 min
    Wisdom for Negative Consequences (Pt. I) - Social Support, Sympathy & Compassion, Acknowledging Uncertainty, and Balancing Diverse Interests

    Wisdom for Negative Consequences (Pt. I) - Social Support, Sympathy & Compassion, Acknowledging Uncertainty, and Balancing Diverse Interests

    Which kind of wisdom will people need to master to overcome major negative societal and/or psychological changes after the pandemic?

    Igor and Charles share and discuss responses from 57 of the world's leading behavioral and social scientists, collected as part of the World After Covid project. Each episode, four responses are selected. This time, the conversation covers themes of social support, sympathy & compassion, acknowledging uncertainty, and balancing diverse interests in the midst of the pandemic. Igor points out that humanity has a greater capacity for accepting and managing uncertainty than we might realize, and Charles is intrigued by the often-overlooked benefits of interactions with strangers.


    Featuring:
    Katie McLaughlin, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University
    Barbara Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Dilip Jeste, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at University of California, San Diego
    Valerie Tiberius, Paul W. Frenzel Chair in Liberal Arts and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota
    Links:
    World After Covid siteIgor Grossmann's homepage — interactive visualizations and analysis on the World After Covid projectExpert Predictions of Societal Change: Insights from the World after COVID Project - Grossmann, Twardus, Varnum, Jayawickreme, McLevey (2021, in press)Everyone Was Wrong on the Pandemic’s Societal Impact: Foreign Policy - Varnum, Hutcherson, Grossmann (2021)Estimating societal effects of COVID-19 - Hutcherson, Sharpinsky, Varnum, Rotella, Wormley, Tay, Grossmann (2021, preprint)How Life Could Get Better (or Worse) After COVID (berkeley.edu)Words of wisdom: 4 tips from experts on how to endure until the COVID-19 pandemic ends (The Conversation)Katie McLaughlin Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteBarbara Fredrickson Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteDilip Jeste Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteValerie Tiberius Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid site

    • 35 min
    World After Covid series: Negative Consequences (Part II) - Autobiographical Memory, Estrangement, Political Conflict, and Prejudice

    World After Covid series: Negative Consequences (Part II) - Autobiographical Memory, Estrangement, Political Conflict, and Prejudice

    Which domain or aspect of social life will show the most significant negative societal and/or psychological change in response to the pandemic?

    Igor and Charles share and discuss responses from 57 of the world's leading behavioral and social scientists, collected as part of the World After Covid project. Each episode, four responses are selected. This time, the conversation covers themes of autobiographical memory, estrangement, political conflict, and prejudice in the midst of the pandemic. Igor wonders how losing track of distinct day-to-day memories might distort our sense of who we are, and Charles considers the odd influence that a year of mask-wearing may have on how we'll interact with strangers in the post-pandemic future.


    Featuring:
    Jeffrey Zacks, Professor and Associate Chair of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University
    Paula Niedenthal, Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
    David Rooney, Honorary Professor of Management and Organisation Studies at Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University
    Douglas Kenrick, President’s Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University
    Links:
    World After Covid siteIgor Grossmann's homepageExpert Predictions of Societal Change: Insights from the World after COVID Project - Grossmann, Twardus, Varnum, Jayawickreme, McLevey (2021, in press)Everyone Was Wrong on the Pandemic’s Societal Impact: Foreign Policy - Varnum, Hutcherson, Grossmann (2021)Estimating societal effects of COVID-19 - Hutcherson, Sharpinsky, Varnum, Rotella, Wormley, Tay, Grossmann (2021, preprint)How Life Could Get Better (or Worse) After COVID (berkeley.edu)Words of wisdom: 4 tips from experts on how to endure until the COVID-19 pandemic ends (The Conversation)Jeffrey Zacks InterviewPaula Niedenthal InterviewDavid Rooney InterviewDouglas Kenrick Interview

    • 38 min
    World After Covid series: Negative Consequences (Part I) - Social Inequality, Loneliness, Economic Hardships, and Despair

    World After Covid series: Negative Consequences (Part I) - Social Inequality, Loneliness, Economic Hardships, and Despair

    Which domain or aspect of social life will show the most significant negative societal and/or psychological change in response to the pandemic?

    Igor and Charles share and discuss responses from 57 of the world's leading behavioral and social scientists, collected as part of the World After Covid project. Each episode, four responses are selected. This time, the conversation covers themes of social inequality, loneliness, economic hardships, and despair in the midst of the pandemic. Igor assesses 3 sharply contrasting visions of the future, and Charles reflects on the idea of pandemics as the downside of something mostly very beneficial - the highly social nature of our species.


    Featuring:
    Azim Shariff, Associate Professor and  Canada Research Chair of Moral  Psychology at the University of British Columbia, and director of the Center for Applied Moral Psychology
    Nicholas Christakis, Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University
    Roy Baumeister, Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland
    Veronica Benet Martinez, Endowed position as an ICREA Professor at Pompeu Fabra University, where she is head of the Behavioral and Experimental Social Sciences research group
    Links:
    World After Covid siteIgor Grossmann's homepage — interactive visualizations and analysis on the World After Covid projectExpert Predictions of Societal Change: Insights from the World after COVID Project - Grossmann, Twardus, Varnum, Jayawickreme, McLevey (2021, in press)Everyone Was Wrong on the Pandemic’s Societal Impact: Foreign Policy - Varnum, Hutcherson, Grossmann (2021)Estimating societal effects of COVID-19 - Hutcherson, Sharpinsky, Varnum, Rotella, Wormley, Tay, Grossmann (2021, preprint)How Life Could Get Better (or Worse) After COVID (berkeley.edu)Words of wisdom: 4 tips from experts on how to endure until the COVID-19 pandemic ends (The Conversation)Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live By Nicholas A. Christakis · 2020Azim Shariff Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteNicholas Christakis Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteRoy Baumeister Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteVeronica Benet Martinez Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid site

    • 30 min
    World After Covid series: Wisdom for Positive Consequences (Pt. II) - Critical Thinking, Intellectual Humility, Political Cooperation, and Solidarity

    World After Covid series: Wisdom for Positive Consequences (Pt. II) - Critical Thinking, Intellectual Humility, Political Cooperation, and Solidarity

    What kind of wisdom will people need to capitalize on the positive societal and/or psychological change after the pandemic?

    Igor and Charles share and discuss responses from 57 of the world's leading behavioral and social scientists, collected as part of the World After Covid project. Each episode, four responses are selected. This time, the conversation covers themes of critical thinking, intellectual humility, political cooperation, and solidarity in the midst of the pandemic. Igor wrestles with the challenge of identifying experts while lacking expertise ourselves, and Charles considers the potential downsides of clamouring for resignations when our leaders make mistakes.


    Featuring:
    David Dunning, Social Psychologist and recipient of the Distinguished Lifetime Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity.
    Mark Schaller, Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia
    David Passig, Futurist, lecturer, consultant and best–selling author
    Jennifer Lerner, Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy, Decision Science, and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School
    Links:
    World After Covid siteIgor Grossmann's homepage — interactive visualizations and analysis on the World After Covid projectExpert Predictions of Societal Change: Insights from the World after COVID Project - Grossmann, Twardus, Varnum, Jayawickreme, McLevey (2021, in press)Everyone Was Wrong on the Pandemic’s Societal Impact: Foreign Policy - Varnum, Hutcherson, Grossmann (2021)Estimating societal effects of COVID-19 - Hutcherson, Sharpinsky, Varnum, Rotella, Wormley, Tay, Grossmann (2021, preprint)How Life Could Get Better (or Worse) After COVID (berkeley.edu)Words of wisdom: 4 tips from experts on how to endure until the COVID-19 pandemic ends (The Conversation)The Dunning-Kruger effect: Misunderstood, misrepresented, overused and … non-existent? - Skepchick (2020)Dunning-Kruger Isn't Real - Psychology Today (2020)David Dunning Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteMark Schaller Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteDavid Passig Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteJennifer Lerner Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid site

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Platothefish ,

If Carlsberg did wisdom podcasts it would probably be this one

This is a great series on Wisdom. For format is easy to understand and is informed my the research without being ‘academic’. It’s so good I have re-listened to a couple of the episodes. It really makes you think. Highly recommended

branson41 ,

Meticulously curated

This is a great series on aspects of wisdom, with topical themes and the right guests discussing them. Both hosts are distinguished wisdom researchers. Not one to put on in the background though - give yourself a quiet hour, a cup of tea and full attention for maximum benefit. I really enjoy digesting these ideas. The world desperately needs more projects like this!

The Real Slim Craigy ,

Becoming Wiser

It was great to hear these two very eloquently discuss the subject matter. It has got me thinking a lot more about Wisdom.

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