Dr. Vikram Mansharamani | The Art of Critical Thinking

In today’s episode, we cover how to think for yourself with Dr. Vikram Mansharamani. Dr. Vikram is a global trend-watcher who shows people how to anticipate the future, manage risk, and spot opportunities, and is the author of Think For Yourself: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence.

We’re often told to think for ourselves, but how do you separate your thoughts from the bombardment of information we receive from our devices and the people around us and what can we do to think critically about the ideas and opinions we read and hear every day?

What to Listen For

  • What can you do to identify the influences in your life and keep them in check so you’re not constantly pushed in many different directions?
  • How do you determine what decisions in your life are worth worrying about?
  • What can you do to stop wasting so much time on the tougher decisions in your life so you can keep moving forward?
  • What can you do to confuse the algorithms to help give you more unbiased information?
  • What checks can you implement in your life to prevent blind dependence on technology?
  • How do we decide when rules should be followed or broken?
  • What questions can you ask to remove underlying biases for rules, recommendations, or prescriptions?
  • What are the four types of decisions we make and how should we approach each one?
  • What is the Cynefin framework and how can it help you in complex decision making?
  • What is the value in being a generalist vs an expert, and how do we balance the two in our own lives?
  • What can you do to sort through the misinformation to find the truth?

Being able to think for yourself is an increasingly important skill as we continue drowning in ideas and opinions from the people around us and screens in front of us. 

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AJ Harbinger is one of the world’s top relationship development experts. His company, The Art of Charm, is a leading training facility for top performers that want to overcome social anxiety, develop social capital and build relationships of the highest quality. Raised by a single father, AJ felt a strong desire to learn about relationships and the elements that make them successful. However, this interest went largely untapped for many years. Following the path set out for him by his family, AJ studied biology in college and went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at the University of Michigan. It was at this time that he began to feel immense pressure from the cancer lab he worked in and began to explore other outlets for expression. It was at this point that The Art of Charm Podcast was born.

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