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257: The Science of Thinking and Reasoning Better with Woo-Kyoung Ahn

By October 25, 2022February 2nd, 2023No Comments

I think almost all of us agree that we have a thinking problem in our country. Well. In the world.

Meaning, most people just don’t know how. They don’t think critically. They don’t know how to discern what’s true and what’s not. They’re biased and overconfident. They’re blind to what’s obvious.

When we have a strong opinion, we often look down on the people who don’t reach the same conclusion, whether they have the same facts as we do or not.

The biggest problem I see with us being stuck in our beliefs and becoming more and more intolerant of those who are different is, obviously, division, but more specifically, we’re losing sight of how beautiful a spectrum is.

And for me, learning what traps I might fall into when trying to find the truth, gives me compassion for others. And if we start to see our own blind spots, we might stop being so eager to point the finger.

So today, we’re learning how to think better so we can reason better and ultimately live better.

Our guest is Woo-Kyoung Ahn. She is the John Hay Whitney Professor of Psychology at Yale University. Her research on thinking biases has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, and she is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

We Will Learn

  • Why we fail to see things as they are.
  • Why others don’t always get what’s obvious to us.
  • The 8 most common biases and fallacies that keep our minds closed.


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