Tom Chatfield is a philosopher and author of the books Critical Thinking and How To Think. In this episode we discuss:
- How to avoid common thinking mistakes and deal with your biases to be less wrong
- The three characteristics of valuable information sources
- How to understand statistics and form an accurate picture of reality in a data driven world
We also discuss Tom’s experience writing a book during the pandemic and the task of teaching people to think. This episode will help you overcome thinking mistakes and make sense of the world around you.
Annie Duke is a bestselling author, speaker, and decision-making consultant. Her latest book, How to Decide is already earning rave reviews and her previous one, Thinking in Bets, became a national bestseller.
As a former professional poker player, Annie won more than $4 million in tournament poker before retiring from the game in 2012.
If you're anything like most people, you probably don't have much of a process for making decisions but what if decision making was a learnable skill? Annie has dedicated herself to teaching it through her books and consulting
In this episode we discuss:
- What games like poker, chess and backgammon can teach us about decision making
- How to learn effectively from your experiences without becoming biased by outcomes
- How to overcome analysis paralysis and eliminate unnecessary decisions
This was a great wide-ranging conversation with a lot of practical applications that will help you combat your own biases, address your weaknesses and become a better and more confident decision-maker.
Christian Busch is a Professor at NYU and LSE and the author of the bestselling book, The Serendipity Mindset. He is also the co-founder of two thriving communities - Sandbox, a global community of young innovators, as well as of Leaders on Purpose, an organisation convening leading CEOs.
In this episode we discuss:
- The mindset needed to integrate serendipity into your career and life
- How to plan and set goals without over optimising and obsessing about efficiency
- How to keep a community fresh whilst maintaining the core values
This was a great conversation that will give you the mindset and skillset to use the unpredictability of life to your advantage and create your own luck.
Margaret Heffernan is a former CEO of 5 companies, acclaimed TED speaker and author of six books including her latest, Uncharted. In this episode we discuss:
- How to pursue a career as a series of experiments
- The problems with modern forecasting in an uncertain environment
- The dangers of prioritising efficiency in an uncertain world and the human qualities needed to thrive in it
This episode will give you great practical advice for navigating the world we live in as well as a fresh perspective on the most important questions of our time.
Venkatesh Rao is an author, consultant and the founder of the hugely popular blogs Ribbon Farm and Breaking Smart. Ribbonfarm is a multidisciplinary blog focused on strategy and decision-making, while Breaking Smart is devoted to in-depth explorations of the emerging digital economy.
Venkat is also the author of the highly acclaimed book on decision-making, Tempo, and offers consulting services in organisational development, strategy and executive coaching, working with a number of prestigious clients like famed VC firm Andreesen Horowitz. In this episode we discuss:
- Venkat’s lessons about the creative process from years of writing on his two blogs
- The conditions needed to generate insight from conversation and how Venkat works with the likes of Marc Andreesen from Andreesen Horowitz
- Why dialectic is the driving force of any good relationship and a healthy society
This conversation was a lot of fun to record and it was great to chat to Venkat while he was visiting here in London! Whether you want to have more insightful conversations or know what it takes to run a hugely popular blog, this episode has you covered.
Ali Almossawi is an author of books on critical thinking and computer science and a data visualizer at Apple. In this conversation we discuss:
- How to use algorithms to think smarter and make better decisions
- How to improve your critical thinking skills in a world full of noise
- How to make sense of the data deluge of the 21st century
So if you want to see the world like a computer scientist or level up your critical thinking skills, this episode has you covered.
Julian Baggini is a philosopher and author who has written almost twenty philosophical books for a general audience. In this conversation we discuss:
- How to become more aware of your own thinking in the different areas of life
- Julian’s discussion of the question “What’s the point of school?”
- How to develop reasoning and critical thinking skills to make better decisions
So whether you’re looking to make better decisions or understand your own thinking this episode will give you all that and more.