Outrage 26 – The Science of Changing Minds – David McRaney

In this episode of the Outrage Overload podcast, we hear from David McRaney, a renowned science journalist, author, and podcaster.

In this thought-provoking conversation, McRaney talks about his book “How Minds Change” and shares his wisdom on the art of changing minds and the challenges we face in an increasingly polarized world. He emphasizes the importance of self-reflection and understanding our own motivations when attempting to change someone else’s perspective.

To truly understand the process of changing minds, McRaney categorizes it into three main components: beliefs, attitudes, and values. These categories encompass a wide range of mental constructs and provide a framework for exploring the complexities of human cognition. He emphasizes that changing minds is not about proving oneself right and the other person wrong, but rather about engaging in a collaborative exploration of differing perspectives.

He introduces various rhetorical techniques based on neuroscience and psychology that can facilitate productive conversations. These techniques aim to reveal the underlying reasons for our beliefs, attitudes, and values, and encourage self-reflection.

David McRaney is a science journalist, author, podcaster, and lecturer. He is the host of the podcast “You Are Not So Smart” and the author of the book “How Minds Change.” McRaney is known for his work in psychology, neuroscience, and social sciences.


David Mcraney Website

💬 What was your big takeaway or insight gained from this episode? Comment below.

One response to “Outrage 26 – The Science of Changing Minds – David McRaney”

  1. Thank you for this great podcast. I really learned a great deal form the David Mcraney on the art of changing minds.
    The host had excellent questions. Thank you for that.

    Thanks again for another great podcast.

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