The scale of all of this is very different. We have the ability to reach many more people than ever before in history with our stupidity. –Baratunde Thurston

Can "positive thinking" keep you physically and mentally young? Do schools kill creativity? Should white boys ever rap or breakdance? 

In this week's episode of Big Think's Think Again podcasthost Jason Gots is joined by Maria Konnikova, author of The Confidence Game and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes. Interview clips from Kelly McGonigal, Lawrence Krauss, and Tavis Smiley launch a discussion of 21st century education, racial identity, and the powers and limits of positive thinking. 


Other ways to listen

HELP! I have no idea what a podcast is or how to get one.

[with extra special thanks to SERIAL podcast for these excellent instructions]

Think of a podcast as a radio show you can get on the internet, so you can listen any time you want.  You have two options: you can listen through a website (this is called streaming). Or, you can download a podcast, which means you're saving it on your phone, or tablet, or computer, and you can listen to it anytime, even without an internet connection.

To Stream: Go to a website, like, and click the play button.

To Download: Get it delivered to your phone or tablet each week using an app.

For iPhones and iPads, use the Podcasts app. You get it from the App Store (it actually comes installed on newer devices). In the Podcasts app you search for Think Again and then hit subscribe.

For Android phones and tablets, try the Stitcher app. Get that from Google Play. In Stitcher, search for Think Again and click the plus sign (+), to add it to your Favorites List. Now go to the Favorites List.  Tell it to download new episodes by clicking the gear in the upper right corner.

Have fun!


About Think Again - A Big Think Podcast: If you've got 10 minutes with Einstein, what do you talk about? Black holes? Time travel? Why not gambling? The Art of War? Contemporary parenting? Some of the best conversations happen when we're pushed outside of our comfort zones. Each week on Think Again, we surprise smart people you've probably heard of with handpicked gems from Big Think's interview archives on every imaginable subject. These conversations could, and do, go just about anywhere.