The Psychology of Thinking – with Richard Nisbett

The Psychology of Thinking – with Richard Nisbett

In a lightning tour of human reasoning, world-renowned psychologist Richard Nisbett shines a new light on the shadowy world of the way we think – and how we can make our lives, and the lives of those around us, better.
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Richard Nisbett is Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished Professor of social psychology and co-director of the Culture and Cognition program at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

“The most influential thinker, in my life, has been the psychologist Richard Nisbett. He basically gave me my view of the world.” –Malcolm Gladwell

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June 22, 2016 / 27 Comments / by / in
  • Aristotle is the smartest man who ever lived? Really? We're talking about the guy who thought eels spontaneously generated from mud and who believed some people were born to be slaves. Even by Ancient Greek standards those are some pretty dumb ideas.

  • Excellent Lecture. Thank you!

  • Great video, thank you!

  • It is or it is not, error factor what ever you make it is.

  • ahh…ahhhh…uhhh ahhh.. ahhhh…

  • Id have to criticise his remark at 4 minutes, he said "there was only 2 universities when the RI was opened, meaning they only had this place to do research"

    During the industrial revolution the French and German governments invested millions in research (a lot back then) to catch up to the British level of development yet the British with no government backing (lets ignore that those universities were private anyway) had far more research going on, and were advancing much quicker than all of their peers. That research was done privately. By both individuals and businesses. They learned that research could bring them wealth and was essential, and even today a good business will stick millions or billions into research. Businesses will buy research firms. Theres businesses which exist which only do research and nothing else. They make their money on patents and allowing businesses to use their chemical. You go to them and say "I need material X to do function Y" and they supply that service.

    Even today 70% plus of research is done privately.

  • Interesting talk, wide variety of topics mentioned. I was waiting for him to say a sentence or two about survivor bias as well. Anyway a nice job educating the public.

  • Thank you for the lecture! I think we can see an increase with the information era in terms of this kind of education. Two places I can immediately think of are edX and Khan Academy (free!).

  • This talk is hard to listen to. I like how Ted talk are easy to understand and much more informative.

  • @13:46 What IS the distance to Plato?

  • 6:22 "The more words you have the more concepts you have." No. The more concepts you have the more words you need and therefore acquire.

  • Increase the speed to 1.25 to cut down the registration of the "ahh…ahhhh…uhhh ahhh.. ahhhh…" . Its a little better but still really dull to listen to.

  • 29:00 Also, isn't the "best rookie" just the best of the rookies? The next year, he's compared to everyone. The increased diverse sample will reflect the truth of his relative prowess.

  • loads of fish eat birds sharks toss seagull's about playing with them and such.

  • I would say my greatest criticism of Dr. Nisbett is the fact that he's overly reliant on esoteric terminology.

  • A lot of good info here, if you don't fall asleep.

  • FFS stop with the "Uhmm"

  • z4k

    Around the middle of this I took out my ukulele for some strumming (not a euphemism) while continuing to listen. This eased the boredom. Overall, though, I found the talk interesting.

  • The shoe on the left is casting a spell.

  • A load of blah blah nonsense. I am surprised some people get paid to talk shit like this.

  • he is hard work. not nodding off while he rambles on but
    thanks for sharing
    never STOP loving xxx

  • The talk was rather parochial in terms of similies and analogies applied. But good overall – Thanks.

  • you a haven't a teach a intelligent a i mean a thinking

  • here we go with IQ… I'm aware of the increase in IQ but this isn't necessarily smarter…just more educated and education prone.

  • Informative talk, but explanations of concepts often unclear. Instead of "true score plus error", more intuitive to say "averages vs. random variation."

  • by his own admission, IQ tests measure how much you have been schooled, which has nothing to do with intelligence

  • seems like this talk should have the word "statistics/probability" or "statistical thinking" etc… in the title.

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