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Think Bigger, Think Better: Business, Science, Philosophy, and Our Human Future

The Think Bigger, Think Better podcast asks the question How can contemporary philosophy and science help us make better choices, lead better lives, and create a sustainable, prosperous world?

Humans, since the time of the Pyramids, have done amazing things when they lift their gaze from the egocentric, the petty, and the mundane. We, in the business world, don’t do that nearly enough, focusing instead on launching the 500th kind of toothpaste, or on financial “innovations” that add risk to the global financial system.

Humans also struggle to make good decisions, particularly today when we are swamped with information of highly variable, sometimes dodgy quality. We need to understand our biases, to think critically, to use reason, to see through subterfuge and deception.

In THINK BIGGER THINK BETTER, we talk world leaders in their fields, who have great ideas on how we can be more reasoned and rational, and how we can inspire each other to greatness. Guests will be famous academics, politicians, NYT bestselling authors, business CEOs, and activists.

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About Paul

The two most urgent questions for this century are first, how can we balance the good business does, lifting billions from poverty, allowing collaboration and innovation on a global scale, and commercializing science for the common good, with its potential for great harm consumer fraud, financial bubbles, environmental damage, shattered communities, and corruption of our democracy. Second, how can we use science and reason, and not pseudoscience, myths, gurus, quacks, and dogma, to make better decisions in our lives and for our society.

The Science of Organizational Change (Pearson, 2015), debunked management double-speak with 21st century research from the human sciences: philosophy, economics, political science, public health, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and history. That book won Paul recognition as a “Top-30 global guru” in organizational culture, and as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He lives in Colorado with two young sons, is a part-time professor of Business Ethics, and competes in “mindsports”, chess, bridge, MOBA, and poker.

Fake News, Post-Truth, Filter Bubbles, and Trump

Paul Gibbons Truth Wars

Post-truth was the Oxford English Dictionary word of the year for 2016, and fake news  in 2017.  What do they mean?  Are Trump's characterizations of CNN and the New York Time's accurate?  Who produces fake news?  How can you tell the difference? This podcast probes a culture of fake news, post-truth, Trump, and other phenomena from the last few years that corrupt our “information space.” As information age citizens, we depend on good information (facts) to make decisions as voters and consumers. Is that information available? What harms it? What harm might corrupted information do to us?

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Making decisions in VUCA times – lessons from top poker pro Annie Duke

Paul Gibbons and Annie Duke on VUCA

Listen to our podcast on decision-making, self-analysis, risk, and how to extract lessons from our victories and defeats! How is poker relevant to decision-making in business and life, and to thinking better?   Why is a former poker professional in great demand as a consultant to investment banks, hedge funds, and venture capital funds?  In one […]

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Educating and Parenting Gifted Children: with Off the Charts author Ann Hulbert

Paul Gibbons on gifted children with Ann Hulbert

Listen to our podcast on the most gifted prodigies in US history, and how they developed as adults! My guest this week is Ann Hulbert, literary editor of The Atlantic, and author of, Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies.   In this magnificent book, Ann investigates the stories of gifted children […]

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How to Spot Quackery! Chiropractic, Vitamins, Chelation, Homeopathy, and Other Health Frauds

Paul Gibbons attacks quackery

Listen to our podcast on chelation, chiropractic, prescription drug pricing, tobacco, ephedra, vitamins, homeopathy, kinesiology, and more! Quackery, the promotion of fraudulent or ignorant medical practices, is all around us –  often preying on the gullible. Some quackery is harmless, but some causes direct harm, and some causes indirect harm (such as when used as […]

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What Is Evidence-Based Management? Prof Rob Briner

Evidence-based management Paul Gibbons

We are in the middle of a revolution, what I call the evidence revolution.  The professions, including medicine, teaching, and management, are in the midst of a cultural shift – toward learning how to evaluate and use evidence when prescribing policy.  Yet there is resistance – particularly to evidence-based management.  Behaviors and cultural norms change […]

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Learning Styles, Neurobabble, and Other Psychological Myths with Scott Lilienfeld

Paul Gibbons discusses psychological myths

Listen to our podcast on psychological myths, neuroscience, and mental illness I first became aware of today’s guest as I was writing a book on business change, which led me to make a list of change myths. While I was at it, I also looked at psychological myths. After all, change involves changing people, which is […]

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Stoicism, Atheism, Pseudoscience, Scientism with Massimo Pigliucci

Paul Gibbons on stoicism, atheism, and pseudoscience

Listen to our podcast on scientism, atheism, pseudoscience, and stoicism Pseudoscience How do you make the claim that astronomy is a science, yet astrology a pseudoscience? Why is homeopathy pseudoscience?  This is called the “demarcation problem” first concisely stated by Karl Popper in the 1950’s.  More importantly, why should we care?  Why can’t philosophers and scientists […]

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Embodiment: The Body and Its Role In Personal Change

Paul Gibbons embodiment podcast Mark Walsh

Listen to the Full Episode: In contemporary psychology, who we are, and how we grow, learn, and change are mental phenomena.  On today’s episode of THINK BIGGER, THINK BETTER, we look at a radical new view – the body and its role in change.  You won’t find this topic discussed in textbooks; the ideas my guest Mark […]

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Populism, Trump and Brexit: History and Causes

Paul Gibbons discusses populism with Arun Swamy

Listen to the Full Episode: This week on THINK BIGGER, THINK BETTER we are continuing with a theme – populism – which describes aspects of today’s zeitgeist. My guest today, Dr.  Arun Swamy, helps break down what populism actually is and how it has manifested throughout history and today. What most populist movements share is an […]

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Fake News – What It Is and What It Is Not with Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson and Paul Gibbons Fake News

Listen to the Full Episode: Thank you for joining me yet again for another thought-provoking episode of THINK BIGGER, THINK BETTER – today’s topic is ‘fake news’.   Today’s guest is Paul Levinson, PhD, – an expert on contemporary media, an expert on fake news, and serial author of science fiction books. To give you a […]

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Are Neuroscience and Evolutionary Biology Useful Guides for 21st Century Humans? With Bob Samuels

Paul Gibbons neuroscience globalization evolutionary biology

  Listen to the Full Episode: Welcome, everyone, to this edition of THINK BIGGER, THINK BETTER. In this episode, we talk to Bob Samuels – a true polymath, psychologist, philosopher, and social scientist from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he teaches Public Discourse, Psychology, and Rhetoric.  We discuss the importance of reason and how […]

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Can We (Or Should We) Teach Children Philosophy? With Jana Mohr Lone

Paul Gibbons explores philosophy for children

Listen to the Full Episode:  Welcome to the latest episode of THINK BIGGER, THINK BETTER.  On today’s show, I welcome Jana Mohr Lone of the Center for Philosophy for Children. I’m excited to have Jana on the show today, not just because she has done something I’ve always wanted to do – write a […]

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Is It Time to Rethink Democracy in America? With Parag Khanna

democracy paul gibbons

Listen to the Full Episode: One could approach today’s episode pondering the question, “Why isn’t democracy perfect?” The answer to that question lies in 3 fundamental issues. These problems we face with democracy are not new; they existed in the truly radical governing experiments of the 17th and 18th centuries, and they continue to plague […]

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Critical Thinking – a Threat to Society or the Path to Better Living? With Linda Elder

Paul Gibbons on critical thinking

Listen to the Full Episode:  If you travel in educational circles these days, it’s hard not to hear about critical thinking. It seems like a logical answer to the Information Age problems we face today. The problem with our perception of critical thinking is two-fold: most people think that they do it – applying […]

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The Impossible Presidency with Jeremi Suri

leadership presidency Paul Gibbons

Listen to the Full Episode: Welcome to the inaugural episode of the THINK BIGGER, THINK BETTER podcast, where we explore science, philosophy, business, and our human future. I am your host, Paul Gibbons. Every other week, I will be bringing you conversations with a wide range of scientists, philosophers, public intellectuals, and business and political leaders […]

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What is the Think Bigger, Think Better podcast about?

Listen to the Full Episode: Welcome to the THINK BIGGER, THINK BETTER podcast, where we explore science, philosophy, business, and our human future. I am your host, Paul Gibbons. Every other week, I will be bringing you conversations with a wide range of scientists, philosophers, public intellectuals, and business and political leaders on the most important issues […]

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