The Oracle of Delphi pronounced Socrates the wisest man in Athens. Paradoxically, what made him wise was that he knew that he did not know anything. Socrates was unique in possessing the virtue of intellectual humility. His wisdom was derived from his ability to recognize the limits of his own knowledge, and use this as the starting point for genuine enquiry.
In this six-episode series, sponsored by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, we invite listeners to examine intellectual humility from a variety of perspectives. Can we ever know whether or not we know anything? How can we recognize and subvert our own cognitive biases? How do we humbly disagree with one another? Does science really have all the answers? Can religious faith and intellectual humility be reconciled? And how can we promote greater intellectual humility in public discourse online?
Listen to the episodes in this series:
1. Knowing What We Know (And What We Don't) with Baron Reed (3/19/17)
2. Cognitive Bias with Brian Nosek (7/16/17)
3. How to Humbly Disagree with Nathan Ballantyne (3/11/18)
4. Trolling, Bullying, and Flame Wars with Michael Lynch (4/15/18)
5. Faith and Humility with Joshua Hook (5/06/18)
6. Does Science Over-reach? with Massimo Pigliucci (7/22/18)