Science writer Annie Murphy Paul's fresh perspective on intelligence and personality prompt a heart-to-heart about learning, intelligence assessments, growth mindsets and rethinking intelligence.

In this episode you will hear about:

  • Nature vs. nurture and the dynamic nature of personal identity
  • How intelligence/personality are more situationally influenced than we tend to think
  • The follies of IQ testing
  • The virtues of computational thinking
  • How grit/duty intermingle with motivation/interest to drive learning
  • Practical learning methods

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"Annie Murphy Paul is a book author, magazine journalist, consultant and speaker who helps people understand how we learn and how we can do it better. A contributing writer for Time magazine, she writes a weekly column about learning for, and also blogs about learning at,,, and She contributes to The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among many other publications. She is the author of The Cult of Personality, a cultural history and scientific critique of personality tests, and of Origins, a book about the science of prenatal influences. She is now at work on Brilliant: The New Science of Smart." -Blurb from