David McRaney on How Minds Change

Key Points

  • Individual-based approaches to learning don’t work. We are inherently social creatures. 

  • Oftentimes truth is ambiguous, but we never realize it is ambiguous. 

How Minds Change David McRaney

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast Tom Vander Ark is joined by David McRaney, author of the new book How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion and the host of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast.

In this conversation, they touch on topics like social science, tribal truths, living in a post-truth society, the art of persuasion and much more.

Reasons ‘for’ become reasons ‘against’ when your motivation to find a reason changes.

David McRaney


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