The Value of Emotional Thinking — Leonard Mlodinow
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As the saying goes: “Think with your head, not your heart.” Emotion is widely considered as something that clouds judgment. Theoretical physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow turned that idea on its head in his new book, Emotional: How Feelings Shape Our Thinking. In this episode, Mlodinow and host Charles Mizrahi discuss how emotions can enhance our thought processes and improve decision-making.

Topics Discussed:

  • An Introduction to Leonard Mlodinow (00:00:00)
  • The Value of Emotional Thinking (00:04:47)                      
  • Life or Death Situations (00:12:25)
  • Unconscious Mental Processing (00:17:49)
  • Defining Emotion (00:19:34)
  • Animal Versus Human Thinking (00:24:31)
  • KAL Disaster and WWIII (00:28:52)
  • Unconscious Decision-Making (00:37:33)
  • Biased Decision-Making (00:45:54)
  • Managing Emotions (00:51:00)

Guest Bio:

Leonard Mlodinow, Ph.D., is a theoretical physicist and New York Times best-selling author. He is recognized for making groundbreaking discoveries in his field. Mlodinow has written for TV shows, such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, designed games with Steven Spielberg and Robin Williams and taught at the California Institute of Technology and the Max Planck Institute in Munich.


In addition, Mlodinow has co-authored bestselling books with Stephen Hawking and Deepak Chopra. And his books The Drunkard’s Walk and Subliminal won the Robert P. Balles Prize for Critical Thinking and the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, respectively.


Resources Mentioned:

·      A Dog's World: Imagining the Lives of Dogs in a World without Humans

·      Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible

·      The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

·      Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior


Transcript:

https://charlesmizrahi.com/podcast/


 

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