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If you’ve never heard of intellectual humility, you’re not alone. Simply put, intellectual humility is the willingness to admit that something you believe might be wrong. Think of it as a cousin of open-mindedness or a willingness to listen and carefully consider someone else’s truths. The concept isn’t entirely new—Aristotle and others in the philosophical tradition spoke of intellectual virtues—but there has been a marked increase in research on the subject by behavioral psychologists and other social scientists in the last twenty years. In this series, Conversations on Intellectual Humility, we bring the conversation back to the agora, pairing scholars of intellectual humility with community leaders to explore manifestations of intellectual humility outside the academy. Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts.

Conversations on Intellectual Humility

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What Is Intellectual Humility?

Almost all of us are far more confident in ourselves than we probably should be. If we humbly admit this, does it improve how we deal with conflict?

Doing Math with Intellectual Humility

Math class is an opportunity to teach students both how to use conjecture to arrive at knowledge and how to learn from the logic of peers.
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Come Let Us Argue: Faith and Intellectual Humility

Can belief in the divine endure in an individual who possesses an openness to being wrong? How do doubt and faith co-exist among the religious?
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Second Opinions: On Intellectual Humility and Medicine

What happens when doctors admit they don't know everything?
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Drinking with Intellectual Humility

What happens when you mix alcohol with intellectual humility? A philosopher asks a writer and former bartender to share her thoughts.
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What if AI Operated with Intellectual Humility?

In the race between humans and machines, imagine a future in which everyone and everything wins.

Intellectual Humility: Foundations and Key Concepts

Research about intellectual humility has exploded in the past decade. Psychologist Elizabeth Krumrei-Mancuso offers an annotated bibliography of key texts.

We’re grateful to the Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley for a grant that supported this work.

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