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Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

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Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Why You Feel Empty

    Why You Feel Empty

    Have you ever had an unexplainable feeling of emptiness? Life seems perfect - and yet - something is missing. This week, sociologist Corey Keyes helps us understand where feelings of emptiness come from, how to navigate them and why they're more common than we might assume.

    • 49 min
    Why Trying Too Hard Can Backfire On You

    Why Trying Too Hard Can Backfire On You

    Thinking is a human superpower. On a daily basis, thinking and planning and effort bring us innumerable benefits. But like all aspects of human behavior, you can sometimes get too much of a good thing. This week, we talk with philosopher Ted Slingerland about techniques to prevent overthinking, and how we can cultivate the under-appreciated skill of letting go.

    • 52 min
    Letting Go

    Letting Go

    When you're cultivating a garden, how much do you direct what happens in the garden — and how much do you just let the garden be? In part two of our conversation with philosopher Ted Slingerland, we talk about the balance between preparation and spontaneity, and explore a thorny question: Is it possible to achieve effortlessness by simply being effortless? Or, paradoxically, is it only possible to get to that state through a lot of effort?

    If you haven't yet heard the first part of our conversation with Ted Slingerland, we recommend you start there. It's the episode in this podcast feed called "Why Trying Too Hard Can Backfire On You." Thanks for listening!

    Innovation 2.0: Do Less

    Innovation 2.0: Do Less

    The human drive to invent new things has led to pathbreaking achievements in medicine, science and society. But our desire to create can keep us from seeing one of the most powerful paths to progress: subtraction. In a favorite conversation from 2022, engineer Leidy Klotz shares how streamlining and simplifying is sometimes the best path to innovation.

    • 46 min
    Innovation 2.0: Behind the Curtain

    Innovation 2.0: Behind the Curtain

    Have you ever wondered why some companies fail, while others succeed? This week, organizational economist Raffaella Sadun reveals one of the overlooked ways that businesses can grow and help their employees to thrive.

    If you've missed any of the episodes in our Innovation 2.0 series, you can find them in this podcast feed, or on our website: https://hiddenbrain.org/

    Innovation 2.0: Shortcuts and Speed Bumps

    Innovation 2.0: Shortcuts and Speed Bumps

    Most of us love to brainstorm with colleagues. But so often, our idea-generating sessions don't lead to anything tangible. Teams fill up walls with sticky notes about creative possibilities and suggestions for improvement, but nothing actually gets implemented. Some researchers even have a name for it: "innovation theater." This week, we explore the science of execution. Psychologist Bob Sutton tells us how to move from innovation theater . . . to actual innovation.

    • 49 min

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7 Ratings

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