We recently shared our two-part podcast interview (episode 64 & 65) with best-selling author and psychologist, Dr. Rick Hanson. We discovered Dr. Hanson through his most recent book titled, Hardwiring Happiness, which is a New York Times Bestseller about “the hidden power of everyday positive experiences to change your brain–and therefore your life–for the better”. After reading his book from cover to cover, we were very impressed with the way Dr. Hanson explained the human brain as a complex system. He specifically addressed the brain’s two very different settings or modes, which ultimately determine how we deal with everyday experiences.
In our recent podcast episode, we shared our in-depth interview with neurologist and author, Dr. Robert Burton. We reached out to Dr. Burton after reading an article he wrote for Aeon Digital Magazine titled, Our World Outsmarts Us. The article showcased Dr. Burton’s intellectual curiosity and humility as he addressed the idea that our human brains are perhaps more limited than we have assumed. He argued that our social problems have become immensely complex and that many of our current challenges result “in part from a basic lack of ability to sense how the present world works”. His assessment on our mental limitations originally stem from his book, On Being Certain, in which he explored the paradoxical relationship between our thoughts and what we actually know. Dr. Burton has researched the concept of certainty with the use of medical data, experiments and personal stories. His lifelong research has led him to question many present-day assumptions about the human mind, but his discoveries on the feeling of certainty are especially fascinating. He has described certainty as a mental sensation which happens to us and has claimed we cannot make it happen.