Episode 259

Tim Urban Explains Our Society’s Problem

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Guest Info

Tim Urban is on a mission to increase our collective ability for critical thinking. He is the founder, writer and illustrator of the popular website Wait But Why, a long form blog that regularly reaches millions of readers. He has delivered a TED Talk, “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator,” which has been viewed 29 million times. And, most recently, he is the author of the smash-hit book What’s Our Problem: A Self Help Book For Societies, which is available wherever books are sold.

Episode Info

Welcome back to The Elevate Podcast! This episode features a thought-provoking conversation with the brilliant Tim Urban. Join our host, Robert Glazer, as he and Tim dive deep into the complexities of defending free speech and navigating the treacherous waters of political tribalism.

Tim Urban challenges us to consider what happens when we are faced with defending speech we despise from people we can’t stand. Is it possible to maintain our principles while allowing for the expression of ideas we vehemently disagree with? Or do we succumb to the pressure of our team and advocate for cancellation?

Throughout the episode, we explore the true colors that emerge when we’re forced to choose between our principles and our loyalty to a group. Tim highlights the importance of preserving relationships in the face of diverging political beliefs, urging us to engage in open-minded discussions with high-level thinkers who hold different perspectives.

But it doesn’t stop there. We’ll also touch on the influence of social media and the distorted perception of success and happiness it creates. Tim shares his insights on thinking like a scientist, the significance of open-mindedness, and the dangers of clinging to closed-mindedness in the realms of politics and beyond.

Get ready to elevate your thinking in this enlightening episode of The Elevate Podcast with Robert Glazer!

Learn More About Tim Urban
Tim’s Blog – Wait But Why
Tim’s New Book – What’s Our Problem?
Tim’s TED Talk: “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator”
Follow Tim: Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram

Full Episode Transcript

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