Conversations on Wisdom: UnCut Interview with Barry Schwartz (video)

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As a professor of psychology at Swarthmore College for 45 years, Barry Schwartz, PhD has focused his work on decision making, wisdom, and work satisfaction. His interests lie in the intersection between economics, morality and psychology. As one of the most notable public scholars on wisdom, his TED talks on wisdom and on choice collectively have been viewed more than ten million times. He appeared on the Colbert Report shortly after his book A Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less was released. His book Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to do the Right Thing, co-authored with Kenneth Sharpe, addresses how to identify and cultivate wisdom and make ourselves healthier and wiser.

In this interview, Dr. Schwartz discusses how generalized incentives fail to enact change in human behavior, and describes his approach to teaching students about the importance of wisdom, and how practical wisdom may be cultivated in professional training programs through hands-on, real world experiences and mentorship.

Question index:

00:20 What do you feel is wrong with our current systems and institutions, and how may they benefit from practical wisdom?

3:28 How do you begin to teach wisdom?

7:38 How do you meet students where they are when teaching a course on wisdom?

10:39 As described in your book, Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing, would you summarize a few examples of how practical wisdom can be cultivated through training methods in the medical and law professions?

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