ML28: Richard Nisbett on Mental Models, The Geography of Thought and The Nature vs Nurture Debate
Learn about the cognitive biases and mental models that influence our thinking and decision making as well as the difference between Eastern and Western thought and the extent to which intelligence is determined by genetics or our environment.
Richard Nisbett is the Theodore Newcomb Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Michigan and has written 3 great books for a lay audience on mental models, the nature of intelligence and how thinking differs across cultures.
Understanding the patterns behind our thought processes is a crucial part of developing self awareness and improving as learners, as we're often subject to cognitive biases that take us down the wrong path.
Richard has spent decades researching thinking across contexts and cultures, which is why I was so keen to reach out to have a discussion on the subject.
In this episode we discuss a range of topics including:
- How to become aware of the mental models that drive behaviour and decisions - The differences between Eastern and Western thought - The way we view intelligence and the state of the nature vs. nurture debate
So whether you're looking to become aware of your own thought processes, understand the main cultural differences between Asians and Westerners or gain insight into the nature vs nurture debate, this episode has you covered.