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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.

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.

    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
    World After Covid series: Wisdom for Positive Consequences (Pt. I) - Sympathy and Compassion, Self-distancing, Perspective-taking, and Learning from pandemics

    World After Covid series: Wisdom for Positive Consequences (Pt. I) - Sympathy and Compassion, Self-distancing, Perspective-taking, and Learning from pandemics

    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 sympathy and compassion, self-distancing, perspective-taking, and learning from pandemics in the midst of the pandemic. Igor wonders what being empathetic and compassionate even looks like online, and Charles ponders lessons not learned from past global catastrophes.


    Featuring:
    Roxane Cohen Silver, Social-Personality Psychologist and Adversity Research Trailblazer
    Laura Carstensen, Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy and Founding Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity
    Edouard Machery, Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Director of the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh
    Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London
    Links:
    World After Covid siteIgor Grossmann's homepage — interactive visualizations and analysis on the World After Covid projectHow 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)Roxane Cohen Silver Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteLaura Carstensen Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteEdouard Machery Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteAnand Menon Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteExpert Predictions of Societal Change: Insights from the World after COVID Project - Grossmann, Twardus, Varnum, Jayawickreme, McLevey (2021, in press)

    • 29 min
    World After Covid series: Positive Consequences (Part II) - Political cooperation, Nature, Solidarity, and Prosocial behaviours

    World After Covid series: Positive Consequences (Part II) - Political cooperation, Nature, Solidarity, and Prosocial behaviours

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

    Igor and Charles share and discuss responses given to the question about positive change in response to the pandemic by 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 political cooperation, nature, solidarity, and prosocial behaviour in the midst of the pandemic.


    Featuring:
    Dagomar Degroot, Associate Professor of Environmental History at Georgetown University
    Shinobu Kitayama, Robert B. Zajonc Collegiate Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan
    Katie McLaughlin, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University
    Barry Schwartz, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College
    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)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)Dagomar Degroot Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteShinobu Kitayama Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteKatie McLaughlin Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteBarry Schwartz Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid site

    • 44 min
    World After Covid series: Positive Consequences (Part I) - Political and structural change, Care for elders, Social connectedness, and Reconsidering habits

    World After Covid series: Positive Consequences (Part I) - Political and structural change, Care for elders, Social connectedness, and Reconsidering habits

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

    Igor and Charles share and discuss responses given to the question about positive change in response to the pandemic by 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 political and structural change, care for elders, social connectedness, and reconsidering habits in the midst of the pandemic.


    Featuring:
    Ayse K. Uskul, Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent
    Michael Ross, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo
    Harry Reis, Professor of Psychology at the University of Rochester
    James Gross, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychophysiology Laboratory at Stanford University
    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)Words of wisdom: 4 tips from experts on how to endure until the COVID-19 pandemic ends (The Conversation)Ayse Uskul Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteMichael Ross Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteHarry Reis Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid siteJames Gross Interview — full interview and transcript on the World After Covid site

    • 28 min

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