On Wisdom

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

34 episodes of On Wisdom since the first episode, which aired on April 20th, 2018.

  • Episode 2: The Paradox of Ageing

    April 22nd, 2018  |  56 mins 20 secs
    ageing, cross-sectional studies, experience, wisdom

    Does wisdom really come with age? Or is this an outdated myth from a bygone era? How might wisdom develop in a brain that's ageing? Or perhaps by 'age', are we really talking about 'experience'? If so, do all experiences lead to wisdom, or only bad ones? If old people can be foolish, can young people ever be wise? And how on earth do you even gather reliable evidence across generations? Igor brings sad news of declining brain function to anyone over 25 and cautions against seeking out traumatic experiences as a strategy for developing wisdom, whilst Charles is forced to rethink his whole position on Jude Law. Welcome to Episode 2.

  • Episode 1: Wisdom vs Intelligence

    April 20th, 2018  |  1 hr 1 min
    culture, intelligence, psychology, social psychology, wisdom

    What's the difference between someone who's smart and someone who's wise? If you can you be intelligent without being wise, can you be wise without also being intelligent? If wisdom's so essential for taking good decisions, what's driving our exclusive obsession with intelligence? And which is really more helpful in our daily lives? Igor describes some surprising fighter-plane-based scenarios when wisdom is as useless as intelligence and Charles explains how open-ended questioning in the classroom comes with its own unique set of risks. Welcome to Episode 1 of the On Wisdom podcast.